Cosgrove Newspaper Reports 1940 - 1949

Pressmen operate a newspaper press c.1940

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 January 1940


Mr. and Mrs. H. Barby, of Woodbine Cottage, Cosgrove, have celebrated their golden wedding. They were married at Passenham Parish Church at Christmas. 1889, and are aged and 70 respectively.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 March 1940


Since November, Cosgrove Work Party has made 235 garments which have been dispatched to the Navy, Army, Air Force, minesweepers and Red Cross. This was made possible through the help of the Women’s Institute Social Committee, which organised various events to raise money for wool.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 March 1940

WANTED, Working Housekeeper for all duties for small, modernised house country. One in family. Age 35 to 45 preferred. Comfortable home; good wages.—Miss Wake, Cosgrove, Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Thursday 21 March 1940


The Clerk read report from the consulting engineer on further details of the proposed Deanshanger, Old Stratford and Cosgrove joint sewage scheme required by the Ministry of Health. The Council also considered a detailed report by the Chief Sanitary Inspector on the need for the scheme, and decided to press for the Ministry’s sanction for the modified scheme to go forward.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 April 1940

The women's branch of the Stony Stratford British Legion is a live organisation, and recently made successful drive to increase its membership. During the past few weeks they have added 37 and five from Cosgrove. There are many more waiting to be enrolled. The increase is due to special efforts which have been made the branch to bring in relatives of those who have recently been called to the Colours.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 April 1940


When eight schoolboys, one an evacuee from London, were summoned to Towcester Juvenile Court on Tuesday for doing wilful damage to the amount of 16s. 6d. to wooden rails Cosgrove, some of them told the magistrates that they had been making a raft. They added that they had often gone to a haunted house there.

Five of the boys were aged 12, one was 13, and the others 11 and nine. Evidence was given that the boys were seen in a spinney by James Gibbons Prisley, farm manager, of Cosgrove. Two of them were throwing wood into the canal. They ran away when they were noticed. Mr. Prisley said he found 22 wooden rails in the water. A great deal of damage had been done to the property, he said.

In court, several of the boys’ parents protested indignantly and said boys from Stratford had done the damage alleged. The father of the youngest boy declared indignantly, “He never did anything.” The Chairman (Lord Hesketh) said the summons against the youngest boy would be dismissed. The magistrates found that the other boys had done some damage. The Chairman said: “We realise that boys will do these things, but I hope the parents will impress on the children that they must be careful.”

The cases were all dismissed on payment, by each of the parents, of 1s. towards the court costs. On the Bench with Lord Hesketh were Mrs. Jenkinson and Mr. A. E. S. Guinness.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 May 1940



“This evidence is quite wrong,” declared Mrs. Penelope Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, Stony Stratford, at Northampton Borough Police Court, where a police constable had given evidence against her on a speeding summons. She denied the offence.

Police Constable Huckvale, patrol officer, gave evidence, supported by Police Constable Scott, another patrol officer, that Mrs. Winterbottom overtook the police car in London-road at a speed estimated at 50 miles an hour. They afterwards checked at speeds of 45-50 from the control sign to Southampton-road. When stopped, Mrs. Winterbottom said she did not think she was doing that speed and remarked to her companion. “They want a job. Why aren’t they in the Army?” Mrs. Winterbottom made the remark quoted above about P.C. Huckvale’s evidence. She said she did not exceed the limit, and added, I have driven in three countries and this is the first time I have been stopped on the road. I am terribly careful about it.” Police Sergeant Reynolds gave evidence of testing the police speedometer. Mrs. Winterbottom was fined £2.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 May 1940


MR. W. W. DICKENS, of Furtho House, Old Stratford, has farmed for over 60 years, and although he has reached the age of 70 he still farms 120 acres, of which he is the owner. He also farmed the Rectory Farm of 110 acres at Cosgrove for a number of years, relinquishing it three or four years ago. Isworth Farm, Cosgrove, was bought by Mr. Dickens about 20 years ago, and he let this two years ago. He also bought a farm of 87 acres at Ashton and has let this. Mr. Dickens is a believer in mixed farming. He has a herd of 60 heifers end bullocks, Herefords. Shorthorns, and cross-breds. In the last war he ploughed up 50 acres, and first dressed the land with liquid ammonia. He planted Squareheads Master wheat in March, and so rapid was the growth that he had to leave off cutting his autumn-sown crops to attend to it. Most of the straw was 6ft. high, and his return was 5½ quarters to the acre, besides ‘‘tailings." Now, with a reduced acreage under his direct control, he has ploughed up 13 acres. He comes from a sturdy stock of North Bucks yeomen farmers. At the age of seven or eight he knew what long hours on the farm meant. He has given ungrudgingly of his time to public service. For three years he represented Wolverton on Bucks County Council at time when he lived at Stony Stratford, and was for six years a member of Wolverton Urban Council. For many years he served on the old Potterspury Board Guardians and Rural Council, and is still a member of Towcester Rural Council. Old Stratford owes much to his generosity. He obtained the land for the village hall, and contributed largely towards the cost. He has also given a paddock as a recreation ground to keep the children off the Watling Street, and fitted it up with a well built shed and swings. This ground was opened last August Bank Holiday.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 August 1940


Further North Bucks members of the Oxford and Bucks Light Infantry have now been reported prisoners of war.

Ted Brown, aged 19, one of the five serving sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Brown, 23 Bridge-road. Cosgrove. He was employed in the inland revenue department of Messrs. McCorquodale’s works.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 November 1940


Miss Joan Wake (56), Records Inspector, The Grange [Green] Farm, Cosgrove, was fined £1 at Northampton Borough Police Court, on Wednesday, for allowing a motor-car to stand in George-row so as to cause an obstruction. Miss Wake, who is secretary to the Northamptonshire Records Society, denied the allegation.

Police-Sergt. West and War Reserve Constable Turner gave evidence.

Miss Wake denied that the car was causing an obstruction. She was going from Cosgrove to Brixworth on Records Society business at the time. “The car was in a position,” she said, “in which it could not affect traffic from Wood Hill. It was too far back for that. I honestly think the constables have made a mistake in this case,” she added. “They asked me what my age was,” Said Miss Wake. “I asked why it was necessary to ask that. They said they had to ask ladies their age in case they were sent to the Juvenile Court by mistake.”

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 December 1940



RENT ROBBERS, people who charged excessive rent for condemned houses now re-occupied for temporary accommodation —were censured by Mr. R. L. C. Ridgway at a meeting of Towcester Rural Council. Mr. Ridgway asked if any action had been taken against persons who were charging excessive rent for condemned houses, and alleged that they were “rent robbers.” He moved a resolution that proceedings should be taken against people who were charging increased rents for condemned houses It was pointed out that this w as in accordance with the action of the Public Health Committee who, following a report on an investigation of complaints regarding the rents of certain houses at Cosgrove, resolved that, subject to the Clerk being satisfied with the evidence regard to two of the houses, he should be instructed to institute proceedings against the owners for charging excessive rent. Mr Ridgway asked what rents were being charged for the Council s condemned houses. The Clerk (Mr. J. S. Budge): If there are any tenants who consider that they are being overcharged, their cases will be investigated if they let the Council have the particulars.

RETAINER SUGGESTION the discussion, the Wolverton Council delegate (Mr. H. E. Meecham) suggested that there was a feeling among certain inhabitants of Old Stratford, Deanshanger. and Cosgrove that they could obtain better fire-fighting service from the Wolverton Council, and added that the Wolverton Council were prepared to undertake all Fire-fighting responsibility for these three villages on consideration of an annual retainer from Towcester Rural Council. Mr. Budge said that in reply he said firstly that he had not heard of any anxiety on the part of the villages over the protection provided for by the Towcester Council, and secondly, that he was confident that the Council had not thought of conferring any retainer on Wolverton Council.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 January 1941

Bennett Kightley, chauffeur, Cosgrove, pleaded guilty to failing to immobilise motor-car and leaving it stationary with headlights showing, P.C. Pointer gave evidence. Kightley said that he was away only two minutes. Announcing the fine of 10s, the chairman (Mr. S. P. Jones) told Kightley to be more careful.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 February 1941


Mrs. Atkinson (president) took the chair at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. B. Kightley (secretary) read the minutes of the last meeting and Miss Penn gave three prizes for tongue twisters which were won by Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. M. Jelley, and Mrs. Prisley. A beetle drive was held, and the prizes were won Mrs. Andrews and Mrs. Prisley. The tea hostesses were Mrs. B. Kightley and Mrs. Gascoine.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 February 1941

Gordon Freestone, Cosgrove, summoned for not having his cycle lamp properly blacked-out was stated to have attended the previous Friday, when there was no Court. He was ordered to pay 4s. costs.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 March 1941


A children’s party was held in the Old School where evacuees were entertained by the billeting Officers, Mr. and Mrs. J. Prisley, through the medium of the grant from the L.O.C., and the resident children were the guests of Mr. and Mrs Malcolm Jelley. Sixty little ones sat down to tea at 3.30, and there were games and songs until 80 more guests arrived, including 20 the boys from Holloway Secondary School. Mr. Maurice Whiting amused the children with his conjuring.

The younger children left at 6.30 and the older children remained to enjoy a programme which included some piano accordion solos by Master Frank Hughes, accompanied at the piano by Miss Elsie Prisley and songs by Master Vincent Lovesy. There were games and dancing, with Miss Andrew at the piano. The high spot of the evening was the performance by the “Three Generations”.

Refreshments were served by the following members of the W.V.S.; Mrs. Whiting. Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Lovesy, Mrs. Chown, Mrs. Hill, Mrs. Kightley, Mrs. Andrew, Mrs. Jelley. Mrs. Prisley and Miss Marlow. Mr. B. King, the master In charge of the Holloway boys, expressed thanks.

A Home Guard unit held a whist drive in the Old School. Refreshments, provided by Mr. R. King, were served by members of the Home Guard with the assistance of Miss Marlow. Platoon Commander Prisley was M.C. and the prize-winners were: Mrs. Denyer, O. Hill. Mrs. P. Williams, Miss K. Prisley, Mr Prisley. Master J. Smith. Mr. C. Hill and Mr. P. Lambert.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 March 1941


Mrs Atkinson (president) presided at the Cosgrove W. I. monthly meeting. It was decided to form a fruit preservation centre. A market stall was held by Mrs J. Clarke, the proceeds being given for the Institute. Miss Penn organised a spelling bee competition which was won by Mrs. J. Clarke. Mrs. W. Clarke, and Mrs. Andrews. Miss Penn also conducted community singing. Tea hostesses were Mrs. F. Barby and Mrs. Castle.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 April 1941


At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, Mrs. Atkinson in the chair, a number of evacuees were present. A competition, “Sing, say or pay,” was won by Mrs. Jelley and Mrs. Gascoyne. A market stall was held by Mrs. J. Clarke, proceeds for W.I. funds. The social hour was spent dancing, Mrs. Andrews accompanying.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 May 1941


 Mrs Atkinson presided at the Cosgrove W.I. monthly meeting supported by Mrs. Kightley. Arrangements for fruit preservation was discussed, and a market stall was held by Mrs. J. Clarke. A darts competition was won by Mrs. Hillyer sen. The social hour was spent in dancing and community singing. Mrs. Davess and Mrs. Lovesey were hostesses.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 June 1941


The Monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the Old School. Gifts of seeds from the women of America were distributed. A market stall was held by Mrs. J. Clarke. Two competitions, A memory test and “What the birds said,” were won by Mrs. F. Castle and Mrs. Jelley.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 July 1941


The July meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the Priory Garden. A market stall was held by Mrs. J. Clarke. A beetle drive was won by Mrs. Jelley and Mrs. G. Brown. A competition for a bunch of wild flowers was won by Mrs. J. Clarke.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 August 1941


A well-known member of the Northamptonshire and North Bucks Motor Club was married on Saturday at Cosgrove. He was Mr. Sydney John Pacey, only son of Mr. and Mrs A. E. Pacey of the Navigation Inn, Cosgrove, and his bride was Miss Ethel May Pelham, eldest daughter of Mrs. Mary Pelham, of London. Her brother. Mr. William Pelham, gave the bride away, and her sister, Miss D. Pelham, was bridesmaid. Mr. R. Atkins, fiancé of the bridegroom’s sister was best man. A reception was held at the Navigation Inn.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 September 1941


Mrs Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of the Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. B. Kightley the secretary, read the annual report of the Cosgrove War Savings Group which was started on July 3, 1940 with eight members. Stamps were sold at the rate of 10s. per week, and at the end of the first three months £9 had been raised After six months members numbered 21 and stamps worth £1 10s were selling each week. The end of the first year sees the group selling stamps worth £2 10s per week. The year's total is £74 3s. In addition thus 67 certificates were bought outright. A beetle drive was held, won by Mrs Loughrey and a competition for six different kinds of vegetables won by Mrs. Childs.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 October 1941

Mr. W. E. Ratcliffe, of Cosgrove, who was reported missing in June, has sent a letter to his brother saying that he was made prisoner of war. He was formerly employed by the Northamptonshire County Council.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 October 1941


The monthly meeting Cosgrove WI was held in the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson presided and gave a talk on the Red Cross. It was decided to have 10 voluntary collectors for the Red Cross, and to ask each member to contribute a penny per week. Miss Penn gave a musical memory test. A competition for the heaviest weight of potatoes was won by Mrs. Childs. Mrs B. Kightley won a competition for the biggest freak potato.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 November 1941


The monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. was held in the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson presided. Mrs. Hugh Williams gave a demonstration with marionettes of period dress from Saxon to Victorian days. A competition was won by Miss E. Turner.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 November 1941


William Henry Lane (18), of the Merchant Navy, Hill Cottage, Cosgrove, was summoned at Towcester Police Court on Tuesday for stealing £3 and a quantity of cigarettes, valued 10s. 10d.

Mrs. Elsie Tong, Duke’s Head Inn, Deanshanger, said she had missed money from the till in the bar for some time. On October 16, Lane went into the bar for a bottle of beer. She had to leave him there alone. When she returned she found him with the till open. On seeing her he dropped some money back into the till.

Defendant, who said he was sorry, was bound over and ordered to pay £5.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 December 1941


Mrs. Atkinson presided at the annual meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Mrs. Jelley, secretary for the fruit preservation scheme, reported that 554 lbs. of jam had been made. Mrs. Prisley, secretary for War Savings stamps and certificates reported sales totalling £230 13s during the year. Mrs Andrews was the accompanist for dancing during social hour.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 January 1942


The members of Cosgrove Women’s Institute Held a New Year Eve party in the Old School. Mrs. Davies sang, Mrs. Hillyer recited. Mr. Maurice Whiting gave a conjuring entertainment and told humorous stones, and Miss Ruth Whiting and Mrs. Atkins presented a sketch. Mrs. Andrews played for dancing and games, and Miss Marlow was M.C.

On New Year’s Day, the Women’s Institute entertained over 50 Cosgrove children. Tea was served by the members and games and a musical programme were greatly enjoyed. Miss Fenn was the accompanist.

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s institute was held in the Old School, Mrs. Whiting presiding. Mrs. B. Kightley read the monthly letter and the report of the meeting of the Northamptonshire Federation at Northampton, at which she was the delegate. A competition in which members peeled a potato while blindfolded was won by Mrs. W Clarke, with Mrs. Lovesey second, and in a whist drive Mrs. J. Clarke was first and Miss E. Tanner second.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 January 1942

A Cosgrove baker, Eric Harold Norman, pleaded guilty to failing to immobilise his motor-van and parking it on the wrong side of the road at night. He was fined £1 for each offence.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 January 1942



Mr Justice Simonds, in the Chancery Division on Tuesday, granted an interim injunction against the Rev. H. N. C. Hewson Rector of Cosgrove, restraining him from removing, or permitting removed, sand, gravel or minerals under the glebe lands. The matter was raised on a motion by the Ecclesiastical Commissioners for England, who alleged that in February 1941 it was brought to their notice that the Rector was selling, or proposing to sell, gravel and sand to builders. They sent a letter pointing out that he had no power do that and asking for an account of any transactions that had taken place. The Rector who was stated in a letter from Mrs. Hewson to be 88 years old did not contest the motion. The letter explained that his circumstances were very difficult. His Lordship granted the injunction asked for until the trial of the action or further order.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 February 1942


Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Letters of thanks had been received from Cosgrove serving men for 10s sent at Christmas by the W.I.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 February 1942


A social was held In the Old School by the Cosgrove Women’s institute, in aid of the Nursing Association. Mr. Ron Williams (songs). Mr. Tapp (Impersonator), Mrs. Davers (songs) were the entertainers, and Mrs. Andrews played for dancing. Miss Marlow was M.C. and the sum of £3 was raised.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 March 1942


Mrs. Whiting took the chair at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Miss Joan Wake gave a lecture on the history of Northamptonshire. Mrs. George Brown gave the refreshments to celebrate her 70th birthday.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 March 1942


Official news has been received by his mother Mrs. Brown, of Cosgrove, that Driver Harry Whitehead, R.A., aged 25, is reported missing in the Far East. He joined the Army about two years ago. His former employer was Mr. C. R. Whiting, farmer and gravel merchant. Cosgrove Driver Whitehead’s father was killed in action during the last war. His half-brother, Edward Brown was taken prisoner in the operations around Dunkirk, and celebrated his 21st birthday in Germany, and another half-brother. W. Brown, is also serving in the Army. Whitehead formerly played football with Cosgrove St. Peter’s F.C.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 April 1942


 Pte. John William Eglesfield (24), son of Mrs. Eglesfield and the late Mr. A. Eglesfield of Cosgrove, has been officially reported missing from operations in Malaya. On leaving school he was first employed by his brother, Mr. G. Eglesfield, an omnibus proprietor, as a mechanic. When the business was sold young Eglesfield transferred his services to the United Counties Omnibus Company. He formerly played football with Cosgrove St. Peter’s, and in the position of inside right scored many goals for his Side.


Pte. Eglesfield

Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 April 1942

COSGROVE W.I. The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute was held In the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson, presiding, read the monthly letter. A competition organised by Mrs. Atkinson was held and was won by Mrs. J. Clarke, Mrs. Chown, and Miss Marlow. Mrs. Andrews was the accompanist for community singing. Mrs. Whiting provided the refreshments.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 May 1942


Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove WI which was held in the Old school. Miss Joan Wake gave a talk on the salvage exhibition which is being held in the Northampton Town Hall. Mr. Overton, of the Northamptonshire County Garden Produce Association, explained its objects and details of membership. It was decided to send a message of sympathy to Mrs. G. Brown, of The Barge, Cosgrove, one of the oldest members, on the death of her husband. A competition was won Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. B. Kightley. Mrs. Whiting provided the refreshments.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 May 1942


The death took place at the Barge Inn, Cosgrove, of Mr. George Brown at the age 70. Born at the inn, he had lived there all his life and had held the licence for nearly 40 years. He succeeded his father as landlord, and the tenancy under Messrs. P. Phipps and Co., Northampton, has been in the family for over 100 years.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 June 1942


Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute. Miss Pratt, of Potterspury gave a demonstration on Bazaar Novelties. A competition was won by Mrs. J. Clarke and Mrs. Castle. Refreshments were served by the members of the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 July 1942


A whist drive was held in the grounds of the Barge Inn, Cosgrove, aid of Northamptonshire Blind Association, by permission of Mrs. E. Brown. She also gave the refreshments and a Bottle of wine for the competition. Whist winners were Mrs. Gallop. Miss Brooks. Mrs. Nicholls, Mr Kightley, Mrs. Hill, and Mrs. Loughrey. £2 10s was raised.

[Elizabeth Brown took over the pub licence when her husband died]

Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 July 1942


The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the grounds of the Priory, by permission of Captain and Mrs. Atkinson. An effort for the Red Cross was held and realised £10. A market stall was a great success. A cake given by. Mrs. Whiting was won by Mrs. Eglesfield and one given by Mrs. Smith was won by Mr. Herbert. Tea was given by Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs. J. Clarke gave a doll for a competition, which was won by Mrs. Whiting. A competition for a buttonhole was won by Mrs. Hillyer and Mrs. Whiting.

£2 12s was raised by a whist drive in aid of the Comforts Fund which was held in the grounds of the Barge Inn, Cosgrove, by permission of Mrs. E. Brown. Mrs. Brown with Mrs. Hill also gave the refreshments and prizes for a competition. Miss Joan Whittaker and Mrs. J. Brown won these. Whist winners were Mrs. H. Castle, Miss Brooks. Mrs. Williams. Mr. Crowder, Mr. Hill, and Miss J. Whittaker. Mrs Gallop was M.C.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 August 1942

FOR SALE Cobbs Bush Farm, Cosgrove,

102 Acres; possession. Also Land Stony Stratford, 130' 42'; Building 28' x 18'; with possession.

Apply Franklin, Stony Stratford

Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 August 1942

COSGROVE Miss Gwen Jelley, only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm Jelley of Cosgrove, has gained her B.A. degree with first-class honours in Geography at University College, London, evacuated since the outbreak of war Aberystwyth. Miss Jelley is an old pupil of Towcester Grammar School.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 August 1942


At Stony Stratford Police Court Colin Gowan Nicol, motor driver, 731. Dunstable-road, Luton, was fined £2 and 6s costs for driving a lorry carelessly at Stony Stratford. He pleaded not guilty to the charge and also to driving dangerously, the latter being dismissed. His licence was endorsed.

Eric Norman, baker. Cosgrove, said that he was delivering bread in Stony Stratford, and left his van at the side of the road while making a call. On hearing "a dull crash,” he ran outside to find that his van had been knocked off the road into a telegraph pole.

P.C. Stewart said the radiator of the van was wedged into the support of the pole. When asked to account for the incident. Nichol said “I am afraid I was too close to the lorry in front.” Later he volunteered a statement in which he said: “I have been driving for nine years. I was driving towards the north in a convoy. The lorry in front of swerved to pass the van and although I swerved also, I was unable to avoid it. My speed was 25 miles an hour.”

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 September 1942

The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held the old school. Mrs. Atkinson, president, read the monthly letter in which the chief item of interest was the appeal from the Ministry of Health for toys for refugees in London from Malta and Gibraltar. Mr. Jones, headmaster of Yardley Gobion School, gave a talk. Mrs. Whiting provided refreshments.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 October 1942


A successful whist drive was held in the old school in aid of Cosgrove Comforts Fund. Prizewinners were Mrs. Chown, Miss Prisley, Mrs, M. Clarke. Mrs. N. Castle, Mrs. Prisley and Mrs. Whitaker. A parcel of grocery given by Mrs. Freestone was won by Mrs. Eaves. Mr. Gallop was M.C.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 October 1942


COBBS Bush Farm. Cosgrove, 102 Acres of Rich, Productive Land: Tieups and bowls for 45 cows. Water to all fields, which nearly all open on first-class roads. Two Sets Farm Buildings.

John Franklin. Stony Stratford.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 October 1942


Mrs. Atkinson, president, presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute, held In the Old School. Mrs. Capel (Old Stratford) gave a demonstration on poultry trussing. The competition for the heaviest weight of potatoes was won by Mrs. Atkinson: for best quality, by Mrs. J. Clarke: and for the biggest freak, by Mrs. Hill. Tea was served by members of the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 October 1942


A successful whist drive was held by Cosgrove W.I. in the old school in aid of the comforts fund. Winners were Mrs. W. Castle. Mrs, J. Brown, Mr. Goodridge, Mrs. T. Kightley, and Miss J. Whittaker and Mr. G. Hill. Special prizes. Mr. O. Horn, Mrs. M. Castle, Miss J. Higgins. A competition for a pair of silk hose, given by Mrs. Hill, was won by Miss Joan Whittaker. Mrs. Loughrey was M.C.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 30 October 1942

COSGROVE SOCIAL Over £5 was realised by a social held in the Old School, Cosgrove, in aid of the Comforts Fund. A competition for a prize given by Mrs Atkinson was won by Mr. Arthur Brock, Wolverton. Mrs. Andrews was the accompanist, and Miss Marlow was M.C.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 November 1942

COSGROVE Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute held in the Old School. Mrs. Christie, of Stoke Bruerne, gave an interesting talk on Russia and its people, and exhibited charming Russian costumes. Refreshments were served by the members of the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 December 1942


A whist drive was held in the Old school, Cosgrove, in aid of Northampton General Hospital. Winners were Mrs. W. Castle, Mrs. T. Kightley, Miss Care. Mr. Valentine, Mrs. G. Williams, Mr. G. Hill. Mrs, M. Clarice. A chicken given by Mr Ruff was won by Mrs. Hebson. Mr George Horn was M.C.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 December 1942


Mrs. Atkinson presided at the 10th annual meeting of Cosgrove Women's institute. She recalled that in the past year members had raised £64 for the Red Cross and for the village comforts fund. Reports from the officials were adopted including that of Mrs. Prisley. War savings secretary, who said £263 12s. 6d had been saved during the year. Since the start of the scheme members had saved £495 18s. The committee elected for next year were; Mrs. Atkinson, president; Mrs. Whiting, vice-president; Mrs. M. Kightley. Miss Marlow. Miss Hillyer, Mrs. Brockway, Mrs. Gascoine, Mrs. Gallop, Mrs. R. Brown, and Mrs. Tack.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 December 1942


A fine pike, weighing five pounds three ounces, and a smaller one of approximately two pounds, were caught in the Broadwater by 12- years-old Philip Flindall, of Cosgrove Locks, on Sunday.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 January 1943


Close to Stony Stratford and Wolverton.

135 HEAD OF CATTLE viz. 38 Dairy Cows and Heifers, 5 in-calf and down-calving Heifers. 4 outlying Barren Cows, 52 two and three-years-old Heifers and Steers, 23 young Heifers and Steers, 11 weaning Calves, and two Short horn stock Bulls.


To be Sold by Auction, by
Messrs. Stafford, Rogers &
A. W. Merry, Ltd.,

On FRIDAY, JANUARY 15, 1943 at 12 o’clock precisely, by direction of Mr. F. A. Hewson (having let the farm).

Catalogues may be obtained on application to the Auctioneers, Leighton Buzzard and Bedford.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 January 1943


Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women Institute held in the old School. It was decided to arrange for a weekly visit of a mobile canteen for the sale of meat pies. Mrs. M. Jelley to be in charge. Competitions were won by Mrs Duress and Mm Gallop, and Mrs. Hlllyer and Mrs. Chown The committee served refreshments.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 January 1943


Five Senior Members of Cosgrove Youth Service Squad, Carol Singing  £1  5s

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 January 1943


HIGGINS. Cosgrove Church, on Dec. 30. 1912, Cyril (Gunner. R.A.), eldest son of Mr. and the late Mrs W. Brockway of Cosgrove, to Joan, youngest daughter of Mr. and the late Mrs John Higgins, of Elm Farm, Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 January 1943


In the Chancery Division, before Mr. Justice Uthwatt, on Tuesday, the Ecclesiastical Commissioners moved for judgment, in default of appearance, against the Rev. Henry Newington Clarke Hewson, claiming an injunction to restrain him from removing any sand or gravel from the glebe of the parish of Cosgrove, vested in him as rector of the parish. Mr. W. P. Waite, for the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, said their case was that under the glebe land there was a ridge of sand and gravel which was capable of being worked at a profit. Defendant had power to excavate it except on the terms that all money received for the sand and gravel was paid to the plaintiffs and applied by them for the benefit of the benefice. It was alleged that in August and December, 1940, defendant removed sand and gravel for which he was paid £64 3s. 8d which he had retained for his own benefit. Mr. Justice Uthwatt said there would be an injunction restraining defendant from excavating the sand or gravel except in the due exercise of the powers vested in him by statute, and an order for payment to the plaintiffs of the £64 3s. 8d.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 January 1943


Members of Cosgrove Home Guard met at the Navigation Inn, Cosgrove, at a supper given by the platoon commander Lieut. J. Prisley, who is leaving the village to take up a position at Courteenhall. Colonel Atkinson, C.O. of the 13th Battalion, and Major Beasley, company commander, were present. A barometer and cigarette lighter were presented to Lieut. Prisley by Platoon - Sergeant Goodrldge on behalf of the platoon. Colonel Atkinson and Major Beasley spoke of the high standard of the Cosgrove platoon. C.S.M. Loughrey voiced thanks for the hospitality. Songs were rendered by C.S.M Loughrey and Pte. Tompkins, with Pte. Norman at the piano.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 January 1943


Damaging an old water mill at Cosgrove, which was mentioned Doomsday Book led to five boys being summoned at Towcester Juvenile Court, on Tuesday. Four of the lads were schoolboys of 13 and 14, the other, a 15-years-old factory hand. The summonses against a 13 years-old boy and the one aged 15 were dismissed. The other three were ordered to pay 17s. 4d. each towards the cost of the damage and the court fees.

The damage to the mill, the property of Colonel Philip York Atkinson, was estimated at £2. Colonel Atkinson said found a number of windows broken. He had gone to considerable expense to keep the water mill at Cosgrove in repair as it was rather a land mark, and was mentioned in the Doomsday Book.

P.C. Ostle stated that approximately 13 windows were broken. All the boys admitted going to the mill, and three of them said they had thrown sticks through the windows, thinking that the property was valueless.

Magistrates were Lord Hesketh (chairman) and Mrs. A. M. M Jenkinson.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 February 1943


The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's institute was held in the Old School. Mrs. Atkinson presided. A competition for "Something new from something old," was won by Mrs. Tack. A spelling competition was won by Mrs. O. Brown, Mrs. Gallop, Mrs. Wittaker, Mrs. Castle, Mrs. J. Clarke. Mrs. M. Jelley, and Mrs. W. Clarke, A darts competition was won Mrs. Wittaker. Refreshments were served by the committee. A whist drive was held the Old School, Cosgrove, in aid of the village comforts fund. Mr. O. Horn, Mrs. J. Brown. Miss D. Brown. Mrs. T. Mrs. M. Clarke, and Mrs. Wittaker won prizes. A parcel of groceries was won by Mrs. W. Stewart in a competition.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 February 1943

The Service of Youth Committee reported the formation of Youth Service Corps at Brixworth, Cold Ashby, Cosgrove, Passenham, Ringstead, Sulgrave, Lois Weedon, and Yardley Gobion, and that it was expected a further squad would be formed at Walgrave.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 February 1943


Mrs. Mac, an evacuee from London, with the assistance of two or three friends, raised £10 for Mrs. Churchill’s Aid-to-Russia Fund by an entertainment given at the Plough inn, by permission of the licensee, Mr. O. E. Monk, and by collection in the village.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 February 1943


The funeral of the Rev. J. J, A. Stockton for the past 10 years rector of Everdon, took place at Everdon on Tuesday. He was taken ill some weeks ago and had been in Northampton General Hospital about a month, following a recent operation he died on Thursday of last week. Of his 37 years of clerical life. 30 had been spent in the Peterborough diocese following his training at the Lichfield Theological College, graduated at Durham University and was ordained at Peterborough Cathedral. He spent two years as a curate at St. Mary’s, Leicester, and in 1908 he came to Christ Church. Northampton as curate until 1911. He served at Leighton Buzzard until 1918, when he returned to Northampton to take up a curacy at St. Edmund’s and stayed until 1923. He was then placed in charge of the parish at Cosgrove, where he stayed until 1932, when he was made rector of Everdon. Mr. Stockton leaves a widow and one son. The Rural Dean, the Rev. L. H. Lethbridge (rector of Harpole) conducted the funeral service. He was assisted by the Rev. E. H. Robertson, vicar of Weedon. Other robed clergy present were; The Rev. C. A. Bender (rector of Kislingbury), Rev. H. Tate-Lavery (vicar of Dodford), Rev. H. N. Mortimer (rector of Heyford and Stowe-nine-Churches). Rev. C. E. Green (rector of Litchborough). Rev. L. J. Chybnalle (rector of Farthingstone) and Rev. G. H. B. Southern (vicar of Flore). The widow, the son (Mr. A. J. J. Stockton) and Mrs. Thorneycroft were the principal mourners. Miss Hilda Watson was the organist.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 March 1943


Mrs. Atkinson presided the monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women's Institute in the Old School. A competition for the best darned garment was won by Mrs. Davess, and competition for knitting on match-sticks won by Mrs. P. Castle and Mrs. Gallop. Refreshments were served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 March 1943


A timely rescue was effected at Cosgrove locks on the Grand Union Canal by Mrs. Clarke, of the Lock Cottages, when a London girl, Barbara Broughton, aged nine, had fallen into the water. The girl had been staying Old Wolverton and went for a walk, accompanied by a dog, along the canal bank. It is not known how she fell into the water, but the barking of the dog attracted the attention of a boy in the cottages. Looking through a window he saw the little girl in difficulties, and shouted to Mrs. Clarke, who ran to the water’s edge with a broom and helped the girl from the water. She was carried to the cottage by two Wolverton pensioners, and was none the worse for her perilous immersion.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 April 1943


The monthly meeting of the Women’s Institute was held in the Old School. Mrs. B. Kightley gave a report on the Northampton annual meeting. Mrs. Whiting read a letter of thanks from the Naval War Libraries Fund for the 1,333 ship Halfpennies she had collected .and sent from Cosgrove. Competitions were won by Mrs. Wittaker. Mrs. Brockway, Mrs. Tack, and Mrs. O. Williams. Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 May 1943

Cosgrove Women’s Institute meeting in the Old School was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson. Competition winners were Mrs. Gallop and Mrs. Davies, and Mrs. P. Castle (prize given by Mrs. Longman). Refreshments were served by committee members.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 May 1943



Cosgrove residents, to reach the Towcester Food Office, were faced with a circuitous journey via Northampton at cost of 6s return.

One enterprising woman in Deanshanger it is stated, offered to take ration books and identity cards to Towcester at 1s. per head. She made the journey by cycle and on one journey netted nearly 30s. The arrangements in the Towcester district food area are to stand, and the public are urged to call for their books in alphabetical order as far as possible. If a sufficient number of books are unclaimed after June 9, sub-offices will be opened in some of the villages.

A correspondent from the Towcester area complains that on Wednesday of last week, when the issue began, people from all the villages in the area gathered outside Towcester Town Hall and some had to wait for three or four hours. With transport so difficult. Many people had to leave without obtaining their books.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 June 1943


A whist drive was held in Cosgrove in aid of the Nursing Association. Winners were Mrs. P. Williams. Mrs. J. Brown. Mrs. B. Brown. Mr, R. Williams. Mr. R Gallop. Mr. Castle. Competitions were won by Mrs. Hebson„ Mrs. Hill, and Mrs. Gallop.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 June 1943


The public are still urged to collect new Ration Documents from the Central Office. Town Hall, Towcester during the advertised dates and times in accordance with the alphabetical sequence of surnames, the balance of which is as follows: T —Z. Monday to Wednesday, 7th and 9th June, 9.30 am.—7 p.m.

In order dispose of the balance of the new Ration Documents as quickly as possible, a mobile distributing office (namely Basford’s omnibus, AADS36) will visit the following villages on the dates and times stated below:—

THURSDAY. 10th JUNE, 1943.

Deanshanger (including Wicken), The Green, 9.30 a.m.—11 am.

Old Stratford. Swan Inn Yard. 11.30 a.m.—12.30 p.m.

Cosgrove. Opposite Plough Inn, 1 pm.—2.30 pm. Yardley Gobion.

Packhorse Inn Yard, 2.45 p.m.—4 pm.

Potterspury, Near School, 4.30 p.m.—6 p.m.

Paulerspury, The Green, 6.30 p.m.— 8 p.m.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 June 1943



Following protests by Cosgrove Women's Institute, a mobile bus arrived in the village yesterday to distribute ration books and identity cards. Previously villagers had faced a 22 miles journey via Northampton, the double journey taking 3½ hours, although Cosgrove is only nine miles from Towcester. Cosgrove Women’s Institute passed a resolution urging Towcester Rural District Council to arrange for a sub-station in the village, or adopt some other means of distributing the remaining ration books. Copies of the resolution were sent to Lord Woolton and to Major Manningham-Buller MP for Daventry. Most of the villagers had already obtained their books and identity cards during the main issue from Towcester Food Office, and the mobile van was sent to help those who had not collected their books.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 June 1943


A whist drive held in the Barge grounds. Cosgrove, by permission of Mrs. Brown, raised £2 10s for the Northampton Blind Association. Winners were Mrs. H. Castle. Mrs. Brown, highest score first half. Miss Toughey, Mrs Brockway, Mr. Crowder. highest score first half, Mr. Horne: special, P. Brown.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 02 July 1943


In connection, with Cosgrove Wings Week, a social and whist drive was arranged in the Old School by the Women’s Institute committee. Winners were: Mrs Brown. Mrs. Lord. Mrs. Clarke. Miss Marlow, Miss J. Whitaker. Mr. G. Horne, Mrs. Gallop. Miss G. Tompkins and Mrs. Valentine. A Ministry of Information film show was also held in the Old School. The proceeds from these efforts and competitions run by Mrs. Gascoigne and Mr. Chown were £18 15s. Another competition organised Mrs. Whitaker and Miss J. Whitaker, resulted in the sale of 6d. savings stamps to the value of £10 16s and the raising of £2 4s for Wings Week funds.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 July 1943


A whist drive held in the Barge grounds. Cosgrove, by permission of Mrs. O. Brown, raised £3 for the Cosgrove Forces Comforts Fund. Winners were Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs, Gallop, Mrs. Wake. Mrs Loughrey.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 July 1943


The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held at the Priory. Mrs. Capel gave a report of the general meeting, and Mrs. Archdale gave a talk on Rhodesia. A bring and buy stall in aid of the Nursing Association realised £8. Competitions were won by Mrs. Whittaker, Mrs. Williams, Mrs. W Clarke, Mrs Chown and Mrs. Gascoigne. Mrs. Atkinson was hostess.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 August 1943




2 miles Stony Stratford, 6 miles Towcester, 8 miles Buckingham. Osborne & Son

Are favoured with instructions from Mr. John Franklin (the farm having been sold), to Sell by Auction,
on the Premises, on MONDAY, AUGUST 30, 1943. 12 noon prompt,



5 d.c. Cows, 2 New Milch, 15 in-milk and Calf, 10 Young Stock, Red Pedigree Bull.



Fordson Tractor, Ransome’s 2-furrow Plough, Set Tractor Rubbers, Drill (13-couiter). Mangold Drill Cultivator Disc Harrows, Rim and Smooth Rolls, Ploughs, Horse Hoe, Slag Drill, Mowing Machine, Haymaker. Swath Turner, Side-delivery Timber Wagon, Four Four-wheel Trolleys, Albion Binder, 5ft., complete; Hay Sweeps, Bull Float, Ladders, Boring Tackle, complete with windlass, Stone-breaker, Winnowing Machine Hay Loader, Elevator (with Lister Engine, Pulleys and Belting), Chaff cutter, Bamford Corn Mill, Pulper, Lister 5 h.p. Engine, with tank; 200 gal. Paraffin Tank with pump; Pig Troughs, Iron Fencing, Chain Pulleys, Galvanised Cistern, Rolls Pig Wire, Sack Barrows, 2-ton Jack, Tractor Pulley, Hay and Pitch Forks, Rick Sheets. Iron Tree Guards, Harness Sets, thiller, Milk Cart etc, etc.

 Catalogues (2d. each) from the Auctioneers, Buckingham (Phone 2120).

Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 September 1943

An auction sale of farming stock, implements, and machinery was held by Messrs. Osborne and Son. at Cobbs Bush Farm. Cosgrove, by order of Mr. J Franklin.

Cows and calves made to £46: down-calving cows. £45: two-years-old heifers. £17 5s.: pedigree bull, £35; horses up to 23½ gns.

Implements and machinery comprised Fordson tractor and rubbers. £250; Ransome tractor plough. £43 44.: mowing machine for tractor. £32; elevator. £85; Albion binder. £60; farm cart - 5 h.p. engine, £38; Bamford mill, £32.

The auctioneer was Mr. L. Osborne.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 September 1943


The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the Old School. A letter of thanks from the Naval War Libraries Fund for the Ship halfpennies was read.

A potato competition judged by Mr Brockway was won by Mrs Whiting (heaviest and best Quality) and Mrs. J. Clarke (freak potato).

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 October 1943


A whist drive organised by Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held in the Old School. Cosgrove, in aid of the Forces Fund. Winners were Mrs. P. Castle, Mrs. J. Brown, Mrs. Chown, Mr, Benmore, Mr. P. Swain Mr. Loughrey, and Miss Marjorie Brown. A competition was won by Miss Marlow. Mrs. Loughrey was M.C.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 October 1943


Mrs. Atkinson presided at the monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. She also presented certificates won at a group exhibition recently at Old Stratford. Cosgrove were very successful, gaining 21 first-class certificates, nine seconds, eight thirds, out of a total of 45 exhibits. Mrs J. Clarke gained 100 per cent points with tomatoes and Mrs. Jelley 100 per cent for bottled fruit. Mrs. Capel, Old Stratford, gave a skin dressing demonstration. Winners of a spelling bee were Miss Marlow, Mrs. Brockway, Mrs. Whittaker Mrs. Hickford and Mrs, W. Clarke. Refreshments were served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 October 1943


A whist drive was held in the Old School. Cosgrove, in aid of the Forces Fund, winners were Mrs. W. Clarke, Miss O. Loughrey, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Loughrey, Mrs. B. Kightley, Mr. P. Swain. Miss Cave. A competition prize was won by Mrs Wickham. Mrs. Loughrey was M.C.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 November 1943


The monthly meeting of Cosgrove Women’s Institute was held In the Old School. Mrs. Thornton, of Brockhall gave a talk on prisoners-of-war and gave details of parcels that are sent to them through the Red Cross. A competition for a vase of autumn leaves was won by Mrs B. Kightley and Mrs Atkinson. Refreshments were served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 December 1943


Mrs. Atkinson presided at Cosgrove Women's institute annual meeting. Election of officers and committee resulted; Mrs. Atkinson, president; Mrs. Whiting, vice-president; and committee, Mrs. W. Brockway. Mrs. C. Brockway. Mrs. R. Brown, Mrs. F. W. Castle, Mrs Davies. Mrs. Gascoyne, Mrs. Gallop. Miss Marlow, and Mrs. Whittaker. A letter from Northampton General Hospital was read thanking Mrs. G. Brown and the members for 15 cwt. of potatoes. The savings group had sold £64 15s 6d worth of stamps in the past year. A gift stall, with Mrs. J. Clarke in charge, realised over £3. Mrs. Whiting provided refreshments.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 31 December 1943


Welcome Christmas news was received by Mrs. A. Eglesfield, Cosgrove, from her son, Driver Jack Eglesfield, who was reported missing alter the fall of Singapore two years ago.
A postcard from him states that he is safe and well and that she must not worry about him. Before the war Driver Eglesfield who is 25, was a driver with the United Counties Bus Co.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 January 1944


The monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. was held on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presided, and 25 members were present. Mrs. Downing, voluntary county organiser, gave a helpful talk on “Running the Institute in war-time.” A mince-pie competition was won by Mrs. B Kightley and Mrs. Whittaker.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 January 1944



Footpaths—quite naturally—converge upon this charming mill at Cosgrove, probably four centuries old. Of stone and thatch, it has mullioned stone windows and leaded glazing. It is, alas, uninhabited and therefore, risks neglect.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 February 1944

Mrs. Atkinson presided at Cosgrove Women’s Institute monthly meeting. Mrs. Hugh Williams gave a lecture on “Old Customs.” Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 April 1944

COSGROVE A collection of eggs for Northampton General Hospital, arranged by Miss G. Brown, Cosgrove and collected by Mrs. N. Castle, realised 160 eggs and 5s. 6d in cash.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 May 1944


Women’s Institute monthly meeting was held on Tuesday. Mrs. Atkinson presiding. Miss Law from the County Office, gave a “make and mend '* demonstration. “Something new from something old” contest was won Mrs. Hillyer, sen., with Mrs. W. Brockway second. A total of 3,200 ship halfpennies have been collected by Mrs. Whiting from the members and friends of the Institute for the Navy’s War Libraries Fund.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 June 1944

COSGROVE Women’s Institute monthly meeting was presided over by Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs. Dickens gave a cookery demonstration of war-time dishes.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 July 1944

The question of transport between Towcester and Potterspury, Yardley Gobion, Old Stratford. Cosgrove, etc., was raised in a letter from Mr. S. North, chairman and clerk of Potterspury Parish Council, and the Council decided to give support to any application to the Ministry of War Transport for an easing of the difficulty.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 July 1944

Lost – possibly in Stony Stratford. A Diamond and Emerald Shamrock brooch. Anyone returning it to Mrs Atkinson, Cosgrove Priory, Stony Stratford, will be rewarded.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 July 1944

Cosgrove Women’s Institute held its July meeting at The Priory, by permission of Colonel and Mrs. P Y. Atkinson. A bring and buy stall and a spinning jenny realised £5 for the District Nursing Association and the Red Cross. Miss Joan Wake gave a talk on photography and an exhibition of old photographs drawn from the county. A competition for the best bunch of wild flowers was won by Miss Whitaker. Mrs. Atkinson provided tea, helped by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 September 1944


At Cosgrove Women’s Institute meeting on Tuesday, when Mrs. Atkinson presided, members were presented with certificates won in the handicrafts and produce exhibition at Old Stratford. Forty three exhibits were sent in and the following certificates were awarded: 14 first class, 13 second-class, and 12 third-class. Mrs. J. Prisley gave a “trimmings ’’ demonstration and a Jumbled words competition was won by Mrs. Whitaker.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 September 1944


A party of ringers from Buckingham, Wicken, Cosgrove and Newport Pagnell rang a quarter peal —1.260 changes—of Stedman Triples in 46 minutes at St. Giles’s St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Cosgrove, on Saturday. Taking part were T. C. Roberts. F. Green, R. G Howson, W. Yates. E. C. Lambert, O. Cooper, A. J. Green, and P. C. Case.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 29 September 1944


A new bus service, operated by the United Counties Omnibus Co began on Monday between Stony Stratford and Towcester. Starting from the Market-place. Stony Stratford, it serves the villages of Old Stratford, Cosgrove, Yardley Gobion, Potterspury, Paulerspury, and Heathencote turn to Towcester. At present there is one bus on Mondays. Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays each way, starting from Stony Stratford at 2.30 and returning from Towcester 7.40 p.m. The new service is the result of representations made by Towcester Rural Council to the Regional Transport Commissioner.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 10 November 1944


Cosgrove is to have public hall, where the villagers can hold social and other gatherings. Captain P. Y. Atkinson, of the Priory, has offered the necessary ground and also £100 towards the cost of the hall. Miss Wells and Miss Balfour, two Cosgrove residents, have jointly promised a further £100.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 22 December 1944

COSGROVE A Christmas gift of £1 has been sent to each of the 56 Cosgrove men in the Forces from Mrs. Brown, customers and friends of the Barge Inn, Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 January 1945

Mr. J. Brown, 23 Bridge-road, Cosgrove, says his son, a prisoner-of-war in Germany, has received a parcel from the Merry Comrades, which is deeply appreciated.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 April 1945


Flags were flying from almost every window in Bridge-road, Cosgrove, to celebrate the return to Britain of Private Edward Robert Brown, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. T. Brown, 23, Bridge-street, Cosgrove, who has been a prisoner-of-war since Dunkirk. He was in a forced march through Germany. Before the forced march Private Brown was working for a German farmer, who was very kind to him and asked him to stay behind instead of going with the other prisoners. Brown was well fed and in good health at the time, but said he must “keep with the boys”.

Then began months of hardship and suffering. Food was so scarce that the men were glad to eat potato peelings. In some places the guards were ordered to remove the handles of pumps in farmyards in order to prevent the prisoners getting drinking and washing water. When rescued by the Americans the prisoners were starving and exhausted, and many had to stay in hospital for a fortnight before they were flown home. Private Brown, who is in hospital at Stoke-on-Trent, has lost a lot of weight but is in good spirits. A brother, Harry, has been missing for three years in Malaya, and another brother, William, is serving in Italy.

Private Brown says how grateful the men were receiving gifts of cigarettes from the “Mercury and Herald Prisoners War and Comforts Fund.”

Wolverton Express 25th May 1945

Queen of Albania Visits Cosgrove Hall

“Victory Hall” Garden Party

Several thousand people visited the spacious grounds of Cosgrove Hall, the home of Mr and Mrs G H Winterbottom on Whit-Monday, when the attractive young Queen of Albania, Queen Geraldine, accompanied by Princess Teri and Princess Danush, opened a garden fête in aid of Cosgrove’s Victory Hall Fund. Had it not been for half-an-hour’s heavy rain just at the appointed opening time, the attendance would have been much greater. As it was the number present must have been a record for a similar function held in this immediate locality. A fete in May 1945 to raise money for the rebuilding of the old village hall in Cosgrove was opened by Queen Geraldine of Albania, the beautiful young Hungarian who married King Zog. The six little children are dressed as bride and groom, and attendants. Robin Winterbottom presented a bouquet of dark red carnations bound with taffeta bows of black and red the Albanian colours.
Left to right: Lady-in-waiting, Mrs Penelope Winterbottom, Queen Geraldine, a Princess.

Children: Sylvia Wickham, Brenda Goodridge, Pat Bushell, Pauline Pollard, Robin Winterbottom, Frances, daughter of Mr and Mrs Charles Sweeney.

Much hard work was put into the arrangements, in which Mrs Winterbottom played a large share, and it is gratifying that the large sum of at least £200 will go towards the fund for the erection of a village hall.

Queen Geraldine, who was a Hungarian Countess in her own right before her marriage to King Zog, made a charming picture in a nigger brown costume and hat to match.

Mr and Mrs Winterbottom’s house party included, together with the Queen and Princesses, the princess Royal of Albania (lady-in-waiting), His Excellency Martini, Court Minister, Professor Nushi, Sir Orme Rowan Hamilton, former Governor of Bermuda, and a former Lord Chief Justice, Capt. R D Boulton, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire, and Mrs Boulton, Capt. G Hovdenak, Royal Norwegian Navy, Mrs Margaret Sweeney, famous society beauty, and Capt, Edgerton, RN.

Picturesque Opening Ceremony

It was a picturesque setting for the opening ceremony which took place at the far end of the large lawn. A happy party of six children representing a wedding-party, with bride (Miss Frances Sweeney) and bridegroom (Master Robin Winterbottom, the adopted son of Mr and Mrs G H Winterbottom), and retinue, Pauline Pollard, Brenda Goodridge, Sylvia Wickham, and Pat Bushell, all four being Cosgrove children. They were prettily attired in white frocks. Following the opening ceremony Frances Sweeney handed to Her Majesty a bouquet of choice crimson carnations whilst Robin Winterbottom presented the Queen with a silver time-piece suitably inscribed, from Mr and Mrs Winterbottom. The young “maids” each handed Queen Geraldine a floral bouquet which Capt. Boulton auctioned and made good prices.

Cosgrove Church Over 1100 Years Old

Sir Orme Rowan Hamilton made an able chairman and before calling upon Her Majesty spoke of the kindness of the Queen in coming to Cosgrove, and for Mr and Mrs Winterbottom’s ever-readiness to assist in good causes for the community. The village of Cosgrove was very old, he said, the church having been built 1100 years ago. Referring to Queen Geraldine, he said he hoped the time would soon come when she would be welcomed to her own country, from which she had been driven by brutality and inhumanity.

Cosgrove – “One of England’s Loveliest Villages”

“This is one of England’s loveliest villages, and I have seen many lovely places in this island of yours”, said Queen Geraldine.

She went on to refer to the purpose of the fête – to raise funds for a village hall – and said every village needed a happy communal life and a place in which people could enjoy all kinds of simple and healthy pleasures.

“When you have your hall” she said, “I hope you will remember all that you sacrificed in this war to get it, and I hope you will enjoy there pleasures with your loved ones, for these have been long years of separation.”

Fancy Dress Awards

The Queen and Princesses judged those in fancy costume and made the following awards: Ladies – 1 Eileen Tapp, Old Stratford (Coal Black Mammy); men – 1 Mrs N C Boreham, Stony Stratford (Scarecrow); girls – 1 Joyce Pack, Cosgrove (Britannia); boys – 1 Tony Lavington, Cosgrove (Louis XIV).

Tony Lavington's mother dressed him for the competition as "An Old English Gentleman,"
but Queen Geraldine thought he was meant to be Louis XIV and awarded him first prize!


The stalls and sideshows were supervised as follows: L Hill, R Williams, Miss Gladys Loughrey, Miss Cynthia Tompkins, Mr G Beasley, Mrs W Giles, Mrs D Davies, A Loughrey, Mrs J Kightley, Miss M Brown, F Andrews, Mrs Bailey (Wolverton); pony rides, John Laughrey and Robin Winterbottom; marionettes, Ernest Elliott. Mrs Winterbottom had charge of the general stall.

The Committee were as follows: Mr N Goodridge (Chairman), Mr J Hebson (Secretary), Mr L Giles (Treasurer). Messrs A Loughrey, G Beasley, H Cummings, P Lyman, P Whiting, S Bushell, E Hillyer, F Tustain and C Harris.

The Rhythm Aces played selections during the afternoon under the conductorship of Mr Douglas Dytham.

Mr F Andrews, of Stony Stratford, handed in the large sum of over £28, raised from his three games.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 June 1945

Sir, —I was interested to read that Queen Geraldine remarked at the garden fete held at Cosgrove that Cosgrove is one of the loveliest spots in England. I agree with her on that point. But I wonder if the Queen knows of the lack of sanitation in the village. The only lavatories the villagers have are buckets, which, incidentally, are only emptied once a week. This rather takes the edge off all the loveliness, of the natural beauty around. —M. G.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 September 1945

A message received from Driver Jack Eglesfield. 26-years-old youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Eglesfield  of Bridge-road. Cosgrove, says “Safe and well in Allied hands. Reply to Melbourne. Australia.” Before the war he worked as driver and conductor with the United Counties Omnibus Co., and was taken prisoner at Singapore. A card was received several months ago from a camp in Osaka Japan. When the welcome news was received by his relatives they held a celebration.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 October 1945

£87,000 SCHEME

A recommended scheme of sewerage and sewage disposal for the parishes or contributory places of Cosgrove Furtho, Passenham, Potterspury, Wicken, and Yardley Gobion an estimated cost of £87.672 was approved, subject to sanction by the Ministry of Health and an adequate grant being obtainable.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 19 October 1945


A family connection extending over a century has been broken by the death of Mrs. Elizabeth Brown, the landlady of the Barge Inn, Cosgrove. The licence has been held by members the Brown family for over 100 years. The late Mrs. Brown’s husband pre-deceased her three years ago, following which she was granted the licence. She had lived at the Barge, a resort for fishermen using the Broadwaters and the Grand Union Canal, for 47 years, and during that time had been an energetic worker for Northampton General Hospital. She was 74.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 December 1945


Over £120 was a Christmas bazaar at Cosgrove Hall, the residence of Mr and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom, in aid of the fund for the erection of a victory hall and club. Prior to the bazaar the fund had reached £898, so that the total has now passed the £1000 mark, a sum which has been raised In the past 12 months by generous donations and social efforts. Colonel P. Y. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, in addition to giving the land for the hall, has made a donation of £100. About 300 villagers and others were present. The bazaar was staged in the dining-room, billiards-room, and conservatory. The opening ceremony was performed by Mrs. Winterbottom, who remarked on the need of a gathering-place for the young people of the village. The stall-holders were: Mrs. Winterbottom, Mrs. S. P. Woollard. Mrs. G. Davis, Miss Pamela Haig, Mrs. H. C. Clarke, Mrs. I. Reiner, Master Robin Winterbottom. Mrs. G. Beasley, Mrs. H. Cummings. Mr, A. Luker, Mrs. A. Loughrey Mrs. T. Kightley. Mrs. Brockway. Mrs. L. Giles, Mrs. R Davis. Mrs. J. Hebson. Mrs. J. Lovesey; refreshments, Mrs. A. Whitaker, Mrs. W. Castle. Mrs. W. Clarke: assistants, Messrs. P. Lyman. H. Cummings, A. Loughrey. R. Williams. P Whiting. P. Tustain, S. Bushell (chairman), and L. Giles (hon. treasurer). A flowering plant, the gift of the committee, was presented to Mrs. Winterbottom by Master Robin Winterbottom. Mr. L. Parratt conducted a sale. Mrs. J. Johnson was responsible for collecting gifts from the village.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 January 1946


The coldest week-end this winter froze many pipes in Northamptonshire and there is a grave shortage in labour in the plumbing trade. Although there were differences 01 degrees in the week end temperature it was at no time more than two degrees above point, according to R H Primavesi, Ltd., of Northampton. The lowest temperature recorded was on Sunday, when the thermometer registered 22 degrees.

Generally speaking the roads were dry, and bus services ran normally. The streets were almost deserted, people preferring to remain by their firesides. Church congregations were small. Difficulty is being experienced in local factories because of absenteeism due to illness, colds and influenza being prevalent. Wolverton district experienced the severest frost so far of the winter on Sunday night, and it was accompanied by some fog. Workers at the Carriage Works had difficulty in some cases of getting enough water to boil their morning cup of tea, taps having been frozen up. On the railway a considerable amount of work was necessary to keep the points clear, the connecting wires near the ground having a tendency to freeze up. Skating took place on the ponds and gravel pits at New Bradwell and neighbourhood, also the Broad Waters. Cosgrove. The Grand Union Canal was kept open with ice-breakers.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 January 1946



An outbreak of foot and mouth disease at Cosgrove, near Stony Stratford, has been confirmed, and a stand-still order covering a radius of 15 miles has been imposed by the Ministry of Agriculture. The outbreak was at Elms Farm, Cosgrove, jointly held by two -smallholders, Mr. William Crowther and Mr. John Higgins. It was reported to the authorities early Tuesday morning. About 55 animals are involved, including 22 milking cows, in-call heifers, yearling stores, a fat pig and a goat. The work of slaughtering and burning the carcases started on Wednesday. A wide area covering four counties, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, and Oxfordshire, has been closed for the movement of stock. The biggest collecting centre involved is the Northampton Market, and although fat stock will be able to be moved, the stores market held at Northampton on Saturdays will closed.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 February 1946


Foot and mouth disease regulations, following the outbreak at Cosgrove, were relaxed on Wednesday. The infected area now comprises Ashton, Hartwell, Stoke Bruerne, Shutlanger, Paulerspury, Grafton Regis, Yardley Gobion, Potterspury, Furtho, Cosgrove, Passenham, Wicken, and part of the parish of Whittlebury. As from next Wednesday the whole area will be free if there is no further outbreak.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 February 1946


Thirty-five years after donning the uniform of a police-constable at Nuneaton, a Cosgrove man, this week, relinquished the post of Chief Superintendent and Deputy- Chief Constable of Warwickshire and will go into retirement at Leamington Spa. He is Chief Superintendent Herbert Scarborough Whitlock Wake, a native of Cosgrove. Mr. Wake concentrated his energies upon the creation of a C.I.D. clearing-house system, which has come to be regarded as a model of its kind by H.M. Inspectors of Constabulary and Home Office experts generally. Quite certainly, the “Wake" system has been responsible for the apprehension of numerous malefactors operating In the Midlands. Chief Superintendent Wake was a particular enemy of racecourse pests. Mr. Wake is 54 and retires on a pension of £550 per annum.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 26 April 1946


Representatives of the Woodland Pytchley Hunt and members of the Kettering Bench Magistrates attended the funeral service at St. Andrew’s Church. Cranford, for Major Harry Grant-Thorold of Cranford Hall, who died at his home Monday at the age of 75. Major Grant-Thorold had been a magistrate in Northamptonshire for years, sitting on Kettering bench since 1922 when he left Cosgrove to live at Cranford Hall. Major Grant-Thorold, who came of an old Lincolnshire family, was a keen sportsman and had hunted with the Grafton and Woodland Pytchley. During World War I and the South African War he served with the Northamptonshire Regiment. He was educated at Eton and Corpus Christi College. Oxford Personal mourners: Major Grant-Thorold (son). Mrs. Rachel Conaut. Mrs. Bridget Hamilton. Miss Priscilla Grant-Thorold (daughters). Colonel Grant-Thorold (brother); Mrs R. J. Cooper. Mrs. A. Spence sisters): Major T. Hamilton brother-in-law), and Colonel E. A. Spencer (nephews). The service was conducted by the Rev. C. Bach in the absence of the Rector of Cranford, the Rev. F. E. Rossetor who is a R.A.P Chaplain. Mr. Bach was assisted by the Rev. G: H. Davis. Cremation followed at Kettering.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 June 1946

GUESTS at the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club Ball at Cosgrove Hall.

In the top picture are (left to right),
Seated: Mrs. A. MacConnac, Mrs. W. S. Johnson, and Lady Cadman.
Standing: Mr. W. S. Johnson, Mr. A. MacCormac and Lora Cadman.

Mrs. V. Bascombe, Mr. V. Bascombe. Lord Denham, Lady Denham, and the Hon. Peggy Bowyer.

Below, seated:
Miss Lavinia Jones. Captain R. Sanders (Royal Indian Artillery) and the Hon. Marygold Mills.
Standing: Mr. D. Y. Evans, and Major Tony Rawlings.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 June 1946


Competitions and auction sales raised £170 at a ball in aid of Northamptonshire County Cricket Club's £10,000 appeal, organised by Mrs G. H. Winterbottom and held in a marquee at her home, Cosgrove Hall, last Friday. A bottle of champagne and two bottles of whisky presented by Captain R. H. D. Bolton, Chief Constable of Northamptonshire, and chairman the Cricket Club’s Appeal Committee, realised 11 gns. and £25 11s respectively, while birds of paradise, which were among items given by Mrs. Winterbottom were sold for £34 and a silver fox fur for £50. The marquee in which the dancing took place, was flood-lit and decorated with flags and more than 200 couples danced to the Rhythm Aces Band. Two of the guests, Captain R. Grumpston and Mr. D. Grumpston had flown from Canada to attend the ball. Another guest had flown from Germany.

May 1945


Cosgrove had planned a holiday programme for V Day, but like many other places in the country, outdoor proceeding had to be postponed owing to the rain and are still to be held. The sports programme has now been arranged for August Bank Holiday Monday. The events which did take place proved most enjoyable.

The whole arrangements were made by a committee formed from a public meeting with Mr G Hickford as Chairman and Mr J Hebson as Hon Secretary. Residents were co-opted to carry through the various events.

A fancy dress parade was held in the early afternoon and proved to be one of the best of its kind held yet in the village. The entrants assembled at the Old School and from there paraded to the New School. There were between 30 and 40 infancy dress, which showed much originality and skill and they were judged by Miss Wells and Miss Balfour, whose awards, which follow, gave every satisfaction:

Girls under 7: 1 June Smith; 2 Diane and Pamela Williams; 3 Sheila Brown. Special prizes Hebson twins and Pat Bushell.

Boys under 7: 1 Pat Hickford; 2 Colin Bushell; 3 Tony Lavington; Specilas, Paul Davis, Tony Pollard and J Pack.

Girls 7 to 14: 1 Pauline Pollard; 2 Peter and Brenda Goodridge; 3 Peggy Hillyer and Pauline Bushell.

Boys 7 to 14: 1 B Goodridge; 2 G Williams; 3 Bob Brockway and Rodney Hickford; Special, Donald Kightley

Adults: 1 Mrs Castle and Mrs Clarke; 2 Mrs Davies; 3 Peggy and Audrey Ruff.

Best decorated tricycle (under 7) 1 Rosemary Hebson.

Best decorated bicycle (over 7) 1 Jean Loughrey.

Fifty children and about 100 adults were served tea in the Schools, the catering being excellent and a tribute to the ladies responsible. Mrs M E Jelley had charge and had the assistance of members of the Women’s Institute and other helpers.

Those person who were unable to attend the tea by reasons of age or illness had articles of food sent out to their homes.

The children were delighted by a surprise visit of a Punch and Judy show from Northampton and they also enjoyed games. Each child received a new threepenny piece, the money being given by a generous donor. There were many other generous donors whose gifts made the whole of the celebrations possible, The Parish Council also made a grant of £10 towards the cost.

In the evening there was dancing for adults, Mr J Hebson and Mr G Hickford being the MCs.

Savings stamps constituted prizes.

The organisers wish to thank all helpers for their splendid co-operation.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 August 1946


Mrs. G. H. Winterbotton, of Cosgrove Hall, writes that the ball held at her home for the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club realised £300 which has been forwarded. Reminding me of the great success the effort achieved, she tells me that two of the guests were brothers who flew to Britain from Canada.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 04 October 1946

An application by P. Phipps and Co., Ltd., for the permanent transfer of the Plough Inn, Cosgrove, from Charles E. Monk to James Ernest Burrows, was granted.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 October 1946


A FARMER was driving 80 lambs he had just collected from Castlethorpe railway station when an Army lorry, being tested for braking, drove into the middle them, killing two, injuring two more so badly they had to be destroyed, and slightly injuring four others.

This story was told at Towcester Magistrates’ Court by Wm. Starsmore, of Old Farm, Wicken, when Sgt. Guy Peter Rooker (24) of 12 Special Communications Unit, Royal Signals, pleaded not guilty to driving a shooting brake in a dangerous manner and to not having efficient brakes, at Cosgrove, on September 14. Mr. G. A. T. Vials (Messrs. Ray and Vials) defended.

Starsmore said there was a clear view for 100 yards from a slight bend the road where he was driving the lambs, but Rooker drove into the middle of them before he stopped.

Rooker said his brakes would not act, and told witness was he testing them. He said “I was trying to avoid hitting the sheep.” The brakes were effective. His speed was about 30 miles-an-hour.

Corporal Arthur Blake man. R.E.M.E., said the vehicle could be pulled up in 20 yards. Captain Norman Wilson told the magistrates of testing the brakes the day before the accident. The last 10 yards of a 27 yards skid mark was with the brakes full on, he said.

The magistrates reduced the summons to one of careless driving and fine was imposed. The summons for inefficient brakes was dismissed.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 October 1946

There was a shortage of labour and it was “the same story all over the country.” There were four cottages in course of erection at Cosgrove on a site intended for eight. It was intended to erect four Airey houses there, but it was a site on which there was a condemned cottage, the occupants of which had to be housed in one of the houses being built.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 November 1946


Mrs O. H. Winterbottom, of Cosgrove Hall, celebrated her birthday by inviting guests at a party on Wednesday to purchase one guinea tickets. Proceeds will to the Northampton General Hospital Appeal Fund and Cosgrove Village Hall Fund.
Guests Included Lord and Lady Cadman, Sir Charles Buckridge. R.N., General C. Haigh, Mr. Jan Rabl Masaryk, Air Commodore and Mrs. Athey, Mrs lan Winterbottom, Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Lee. Miss Annette Day, Dr and Mrs. D. Bull, Dr. and Mrs. Lawrence. Dr. and Mrs A Hapgood, Mr. Beveridge Smith. Mr. and Mrs. T. Terry. Mr. and Mrs. S. Woollard. Colonel and Mrs. Rutherford. Major J. T. Tilley. Captain D. Crampton. Captain Ribton Crampton, Mr. A. Parsons. Miss A. Persons, Mr. and Mrs. S. Brierly, Captain and Mrs. Ferrers Loftus, Captain H. D. Bolton, Mrs. Celia Holt, and Mr. and Mrs. Spier.
Mrs. Winterbottom wore a striking gown of black marocain with a fringed cape effect.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 December 1946

FORTHCOMING SALE. Jan. 9.—Cosgrove Rectory. Sale of Furniture and Effects, for Mr. F. Hewson.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 03 January 1947

COSGROVE RECTORY 1½ miles from Stony Stratford

A sale by auction of


Will be held at

THE RECTORY on THURSDAY JANUARY 9, 1947 at 12 midday.

Comprising chiefly:

8 day Grandfather Clock in oak case 2ft 6in, Roll Top oak desk 2ft 9in, Mahogany Pembroke Table 3ft, Folding Rosewood Card Table 3ft 6in, Mahogany Bookcase 6ft 3in, French console Table and Mirror in gilt frame 6ft, Extending Mahogany Dining Table 4ft, Walnut Round Table on pedestal, 2 heavy oak Fireside Kerbs, Electric and other Table Lamps, a Mahogany Linen Chest, a Painted Wardrobe 40in, Oak Chest of Drawers and other Bedroom Furniture, 20 round Extending Ladder, 24 round Ladder, 14in Garden Roller, Scythe, Garden Tools, 2 large Crosscut saws (one 8ft), Carpenters bench etc,

By direction of Mr F. Hewson

On view morning of sale.

Auctioneers Howkins, Sons and Fatt

7 Derngate Northampton (Tel 2426) and at Rugby and Daventry.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 February 1947


Mrs. Atkinson, who retired as president after 14 years, was presented with a shopping bag by the new president (Mrs. Malcolm Jelley) on behalf of past and present members at a meeting of Cosgrove W.I. Mrs. Mackerness, of Old Stratford, gave a demonstration on netting. She was thanked by Mrs. P. Castle. A competition for the prettiest 'Christmas card was won Mrs. F W. Castle and Mrs Whiting. A gift of honey from Australia was won by Mrs. S. Eglesfield.
The social half-hour was in the charge of Mrs. and Mrs. G. Beasley. Tea was served the committee, who provided refreshments.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 March 1947


Members of the "Mercury and Herald” Merry Comrades’ Circle will learn with deep regret of the death of Mrs. J. Eves, of Cosgrove. Mrs. Eves was one of most enthusiastic helpers in connection with the Merry Comrades’ Knitting Circle during the war. She was never without a supply of wool, and knitted steadily for prisoners-of-war, also for men in the Forces. She also helped with the village Red Cross knitting and Merchant Navy knitting, and she never let a Merry Comrades’ sale pass without sending dainty knitted gifts for the stalls. Mrs. C. R. Whiting, The Lodge, Cosgrove, who informed Auntie Dick of the sad news, wrote: “We shall always remember the good work she did.”

Northampton Mercury - Friday 14 March 1947


The monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. was held in the Old School with Mrs. Jelley, president, in the chair. A talk on Australia, illustrated by a film, was given by the Rev. J. Benson. A competition for a hat made out of a sheet of newspaper and pins was won by Miss J. Whitaker and Mrs W. Clarke. The social half-hour was taken by Mrs. W Castle and Mrs. Whitaker, and a beetle drive was enjoyed. Tea was served by the committee. An outing to see “Rose Marie” at Northampton was arranged.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 14th March 1947

Lieut-Col P Y Atkinson appointed High Sheriff of Northamptonshire.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 April 1947


By John Haddon? 

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 April 1947


Mrs. M. Jelley presided at a meeting of Cosgrove W.I. In the Old School. A report on the W.I. meeting at Northampton was read by the delegate, Mrs. G. Beasley. Mrs. A. Capel (Old Stratford) gave a demonstration of soft toy-making. She was thanked by Mrs. Davess. A social half-hour was arranged by Mrs. Tompkins and Mrs. T. Kightley. A competition judged by Mrs. Capel was won by Miss Marlow and Mrs. T. Kightley Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 April 1947



14 h.p. 1937 Vauxhall saloon, fitted 1946 engine, Just run in, re-cellulosed new tyres and battery; condition new.—Apply owner. Little Manor, Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 April 1947

The Council resolved that four condemned cottages—three at Cosgrove and one at Potterspury—be requisitioned and repaired by direct labour. Members also agreed that, in view of the difficulty of obtaining sufficient quantities of distemper and whitewash, each council house tenant be granted 10s annually.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 April 1947


WATER is available again at Cosgrove, but with the present pressure and the system of piping through Deanshanger there will be no water in a few months’ time. This was reported by Mr. D. J. Powell, sanitary inspector to Towcester Rural Council, when he submitted a report from the surveyor. The clerk was directed to refer the report to the Council’s consulting engineers to ascertain if the work described by the surveyor would be of permanent use in the Regional Scheme, and, if so, to request them to act accordingly. The water had been restored, he said, after rectifying and replacing faulty and leaking pipes in Deanshanger. He said the pressure in Cosgrove was poor owing to the system which water was delivered from Deanshanger. The water came from a tower through the village in a three-inch pipe and then, in a four-inch pipe, on to Cosgrove. When 58 new houses had been completed in Deanshanger, it was obvious water would not be available at Cosgrove. Mr. Powell suggested a four inch main should be taken from the Deanshanger water tower and connected across the field to the existing main on the Deanshanger-road, Old Stratford. This would give Deanshanger, Old Stratford and Cosgrove a supply of water at reasonable pressure, but it would cost about £1000.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 09 May 1947


The Agenda for the London meeting was discussed at a meeting of Cosgrove W.I. and Mrs G. Beasley was elected as delegate and Mrs. Whitaker as visitor. A report of the Spring Produce show, in which Cosgrove came fourth in the number of points gained, was given, and certificates were presented to winners. A competition for the best decorated new laid egg was judged by Mrs. Atkinson and Mrs. Whiting, and won by Mrs. Gallop. Mrs. G Beasley, and Mrs B. Smith. Miss Jelley is taking the 24 eggs entered and 12 undecorated ones to the children’s ward Northampton General Hospital. The second half-hour was occupied by a sketch, in which Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Lovesy. Mrs. Kightley. Mrs. C Brockway. Mrs. G Beasley Miss C. Tompkins. Mrs. Whitaker, and Miss J. Whitaker took part. Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 May 1947

2 miles from Stony Stratford.

Lot 1.

Freehold land, adjoining the Canal and Bridge near the centre of the village, comprising O.S- No 70 (1926 Edition) in the above Parish extending to 9 ACRES 3 ROODS 22 POLES (or thereabouts) of which 5 acres and 22 poles on the frontage are let as allotments to the Cosgrove Allotment Committee, at an annual rental of £15 11s. 8d., payable half-yearly at Ladyday and Michaelmas, and the remaining 4 acres and 3 roods are in the occupation of the Vendor, who will give VACANT POSSESSION at Michaelmas next, or as soon as the present crop of wheat has been taken off. The frontage of 150 ft, (approx.) forms a VALUABLE BUILDING SITE and the Allotment tenants could be reinstated on the vacant land to the rear. Tithe free. Land tax 9s. 5d.

Lot 2. THREE BRICK AND SLATED FREEHOLD COTTAGES situated on The Green, each containing: 1 Living Room, Kitchen. 3 Bedrooms, Outside Barn and Closet with gardens in front and at rear, let to Mrs. Toombs, Messrs. Swain Bros, and Mrs. Hill, the two end Cottages will be offered, WITH VACANT POSSESSION. Land Tax £1. Gross Rental £28 12s. 0d.

To be offered for Sale by Auction on MONDAY. JUNE 2. 1947. at THE BARLEY MOW INN. COSGROVE at 7 P-m. (if not previously disposed of).

To view apply the Auctioneers; HOWKINS, SONS & FATT, 7, Derngate, Northampton (Tel. 2426) and at Rugby and Daventry. Solicitors Messrs. Dennis. Faulkner and Alsop, 17, Market Square, Northampton (Tel- 3000).

Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 June 1947

At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. Mrs G. Beasley (delegate) gave an account of the London Annual meeting. It was decided to hold a members’ outing to Malvern. Mrs Barnes gave humorous and dramatic monologues. She was thanked by Mrs Gallop. Mrs Beasley thanked “birthday” hostesses for the party on May 16. A competition “something new from something old” was judged by Mrs Barnes and won by Mrs H. Williams, Mrs H. Smith and Mrs W. Clarke. Five new members were welcomed. A whist drive in aid of the Nursing Association, realised £4. Mrs. Loughrey was M.C. Refreshments were served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 June 1947


Ten acres of freehold land Cosgrove, five with vacant possession realised £885 at a sale by auction, conducted at Cosgrove by Messrs. Howkins. Sons, and Fatt. Three four-roomed cottages at Cosgrove realised £695. The auctioneer was Mr M. S. Fatt, Solicitors concerned were Messrs Dennis, Faulkner, and Alsop.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 June 1947


Chairman of the Housing Committee and representative for Towcester, Mr. W. T. Groom, said he knew the situation in the villages was bad, but houses must go in places with water and other facilities available. He did not think Towcester was asking for anything exorbitant.

“Come to the rural villages and you will find the housing problem as bad as Towcester,” declared Mr. R. C. L. Ridgeway, who proposed allocating four more houses to Stoke and two more to Cosgrove. The deputy clerk, Mr. A. E. Crisp, said: “If we are to proceed rapidly with the erection of houses they must be on sites which are prepared.” He said there was no suitable site at Cosgrove. Other members of the Council were in favour of increasing the allocation to villages. The committee’s recommendation was defeated 15 votes to 14. After further discussion as to how the extra houses should distributed, Mr. George Berridge, engineer and surveyor, pointed out that Cosgrove's houses would have baths but no water if they were built there. Still some members supported Mr. Ridgeway’s proposition that Cosgrove should have extra houses. Put to the vote this proposition was defeated. Mr. Groom began move the original resolution when he was interrupted by Mr. W. H. Marlow. “The Council have defeated the resolution, and under Standing Orders they must abide by the consequences.” he said. “To get out of the difficulty, give up two of Towcester's houses and put them somewhere else. It could then be a different resolution.”

Mr. G. A. Billing: Points of order are tripe. We want to get on with it. Standing Orders were suspended and the original resolution carried.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 27 June 1947

WANTED Baker to assist in bakehouse and rounds (motor); start at once: good references; house available.—Electric Machine Bakery. Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 July 1947


At the monthly meeting of Cosgrove W.I. Mrs. Jelley announced that a cheque for £10 was to be sent the Northamptonshire Blind Association, proceeds of a recent whist drive. A Safety First film was shown. An outing to Malvern was arranged for August 19. Mrs F. Hillyer won a competition for a bowl of roses. Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 August 1947


Cosgrove W.I. met In the Old School, 30 members attending. Mrs. Moore, of Billing, gave a demonstration on flower wiring. The competition was for the best tune played on a comb and paper, and was won by Mrs. Castle, with Mrs. Davis second. There was a bring-and-buy stall. The outing will be to Malvern. A group meeting is to be held at Cosgrove in October.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 October 1947


 APPROVAL was given at Tuesday's meeting of Towcester Rural Council to the invitation of tenders for a sewage disposal and sewerage scheme to cover four villages in the district. The estimated cost of the scheme, with reference to the four villages, is nearly £80,000. It represents the first instalment of a more comprehensive scheme with an estimated total cost of £108,509. Mr. F. J. Hulbert, chief financial officer, said a scheme was put forward in May, 1946, to cover Cosgrove, Furtho, Passenham, Potterspury, Wicken and Yardley Gobion. It had been approved by the Minister of Health but, owing to shortages of labour and materials, the council was allowed to tender for only part of the scheme, which would cover Cosgrove (Old Stratford portion), Passenham (including Old Stratford portion), Furtho and Potterspury. Mr. Hulbert said the Minister had provisionally granted £40,000 towards the cost of the complete scheme. The County Council grant was unknown, but it was assumed it would cover one-third of the annual cost of the scheme. Mr. Hulbert hoped the Minister would increase his grant in accordance with the increased cost of the scheme. The total commitments of the council for water and sewage schemes represented an increase in rates of 5s. 3d.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 October 1947


About 60 guests, representative of the Bar and the civic life of the town and county, attended the buffet luncheon given by the High Sheriff, Lieut-Colonel P. Y. Atkinson, and Mrs. Atkinson, of Cosgrove Priory, on the occasion of the opening of Northamptonshire Autumn Assizes, yesterday. The health of the High Sheriff was drunk at the call of Mr. John Hobson, member of the Bar, and Lieut-Colonel Atkinson acknowledged.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 November 1947


A demonstration of inexpensive gifts was given at Cosgrove Women’s Institute by Mrs. Daniells and Mrs. Swain (Stony Stratford). Mrs G. Beasley (vice-president) presided and Mrs. Fell gave her report, as delegate, on the half yearly meeting held at Kettering. The competition “autumn leaves and berries’’ was won by Mrs J. Clarke. A beetle drive was won by Mrs. F. Barby and Mrs. Gascoigne. Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 December 1947


 Result of the ballot for officers at the December meeting of Cosgrove W.I. was; Mrs. Jelley, president: Mrs. G. Beasley, vice-president: committee, Mrs. Tomkins (treasurer). Mrs. T. Kightley (secretary). Mrs. W. Castle. Mrs. Hibson, Mrs Gallop, Mrs. Davess, Mrs. Harris, and Mrs. Whittaker (Press correspondent).
In a report of the year's activities it was stated that a whist drive last month had raised just over £4 for St. Dunstan’s, and a beetle drive and a bring-and-buy stall, Mrs. Gallop Mrs. G. Beasley, and Mrs. Hibson in charge, raised £10 for the Children’s Hospital, Great London. An inexpensive gift competition was won Mrs, Langton, Mrs. Clarke being second. Mrs. Hubert. Stony Stratford, gave a demonstration on Christmas paper decorations. Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 02 January 1948


NO priority for applications tor housing accommodation for members of the county constabulary or school teachers will be granted by Towcester Rural Council, members decided on Tuesday. A letter to the Council from the secretary of Northamptonshire Standing Joint Committee asked the Council to give priority to police officers in the allocation of houses and pointed out that lack of suitable houses was partly responsible for slow recruitment of policemen. Housing authorities in a number of other counties allotted a percentage of houses on their estates to the police, the letter added. There was also a letter from the County Chief Education Officer asking the Council to consider an application by the school managers for a Council house for the head teacher of school at Cosgrove. Towcester Public Health and Housing Committee, it was reported, knew the County Council were erecting four houses in the district for the police and had sites for the erection further three. It was pointed out that the County Education Committee had recently sold the school house at Cosgrove when the previous teacher had retired.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 January 1948


 Eight new members were enrolled at the New Year meeting of Cosgrove W.I. held in the Old School, Mrs. Jelley presiding. Competition winners were Mrs. C. Brockway. Mrs. T. Kightley and Miss E. Barby. Miss Wake gave description of her recent visit to South Africa.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 February 1948

Cosgrove W.I. met the Old School, Mrs. Jelley presiding. Several new members were enrolled, and this small village now has nearly 60 W.I. members. A delegate and visitors were chosen for the N.F.W.I. annual meeting at Northampton, In March. Mrs. Butlin (Stony Stratford) gave a demonstration on raffia baskets. A competition for the prettiest jug was won by Mrs. C. Buckway, with Mrs. J. Johnstone second. Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 February 1948


ON the interim reorganisation of rural schools Northamptonshire Education Committee were informed that from the beginning of the Spring term, Cosgrove County School is to be reorganised as a junior mixed and infants’ school, and those children who were 11 and over on August 1, 1947, will attend Potterspury County School. It was stated that the senior scholars at Cosgrove would be provided with transport and also with an Oslo meal at Potterspury Village Institute, which was being hired for the purpose.

[The Oslo Meal was originally given as an EXPERIMENT to school children during WWII. This very nutritious but basic quick meal vastly improved the development and the health of the nation’s children. Many families began using it as a main meal on occasions because of its simplicity and this was very appealing to busy housewives. It vastly improved the development and health of the nation’s children.

The Oslo Meal

·         2 slices of wholewheat bread spread with a little margarine or butter

·         small block of cheese grated and placed over salad if wished

·         fresh lettuce leaves

·         other salad items like carrot, cucumber or tomato

·         glass of cold milk

Northampton Mercury - Friday 20 February 1948

DIVISIONAL COURT Traffic cases dealt with by Northampton Divisional Magistrates included: Leslie Gordon Markham (27), Cobbs Bush Farm. Cosgrove, farmer, was fined £2 for using a motorvan inefficient brakes, and £1 for not having a mirror. William David Markham (57), Manor Farm, Castlethorpe farmer, was fined £2 and £1 for permitting these offences.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 March 1948

LEAP-YEAR DAY BABIES children who will have to wait four years for their first real birthday, were born on Leap Year day in Northampton on district. The Barratt Maternity Home had the largest number with three girls and two boys. These were born to: Mrs. Ada Eglesfield of the Barge Inn, Cosgrove, girl, Janet, at 7 a.m.: Mrs. Laura Squires of 313a, Wellingborough-road, Northampton, a boy, Christopher, 2 p.m.; Mrs. Enid Humphries of Weston-by-Weedon, near Towcester, a girl. Wendy, at 8.30 p.m.; Mrs. Alan Hancock, of 44. Water Eaton-road Bletchley, boy, Brian. 8.30 p.m. and Mrs. Lily Burrage, of The Walk, Spratton, a girl, Ann, at 6.30 p.m.

Northampton Mercury – Friday 12 March 1948

Cosgrove W.I. met the Old School, and 43 members were present. Arrangements were made for an “Over 70” tea and entertainment on March 19. Mrs. Capel (Old Stratford) gave a demonstration on “Cotton printing’.’ A competition “Word-making.” Was won by Mrs. Lavington. Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury – Friday 19 March 1948

WANTED Exped Man for Bakehouse, as second; electric mixer; seide flue: 25 sacks weekly; over T.B. wages: house available: Gd references.

Norman, Cosgrove

Northampton Mercury – Friday 23 April 1948

COSGROVE A meeting of ex-Servicemen at Cosgrove decided to form a branch of the British Legion, and officials appointed were; chairman, Mr. A. Tompkins; treasurer, Mr. E. Brown, and secretary. Mr. G. Freestone.

Northampton Mercury – Friday 07 May 1948


”I had only been for a haircut,” said John Holdham, School House. Cosgrove, to P.C. Reginald Bryant, when he was questioned about causing obstruction with a car in High-street, Stony Stratford, on April 6. At Stony Stratford Magistrates’ Court he was fined £2 and 10s for not signing his driving licence. Defendant wrote pleading guilty.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 May 1948

Cosgrove W.I. met in the Old School, yesterday, Mrs. Jelley presiding. After the monthly letter, Mrs. Smith (Old Stratford) read her report as delegate to the annual meeting. Mrs. Beasley gave demonstration on making old felt hats into modern berets and hand bags. A competition for the best raffia basket was won Mrs. Lavington.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 May 1948

WTD for Nannie or Mother’s Help, family six including twins and two children at school.—Apply first instance to Mrs Heap, Little Manor, Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 May 1948

A large crowd at Wicksteed Park. Kettering, watched the open cycle meeting promoted by the Kettering Amateur C.C. Dunstable Watling C.C. won two rounds of the national team pursuit championship, eliminating the Beds Road C.C. and the Northants R.C.C. The one mile N.C.U. Northants Centre championship was won by Rowland Herbert, a member of the East Midlands Clarion Club, who lives at Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 28 May 1948

THE Diamond Jubilee Sports at Wolverton Park of Saturday attracted more than 4.000. Main Item on the programme, the Olympic Games Trial 4,000 metres Team Pursuit Cycle Race had to be cancelled owing to injuries. The spectators saw several spills but no-one was .seriously injured.

One outstanding local rider was R. H. Herbert, Cosgrove, who is attached to the Wolverton A.A.C and the East Midlands Clarion Clubs. He won the 500 yards Cycle Handicap in 34.1 secs.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 June 1948

At the meeting of Cosgrove W.I. Mrs. Jelley (president) gave details of the Delapre fete on July 3, Mr. W. Mackey, chiropodist and masseur, gave a talk on “The care of the feet." A competition for the prettiest saucer of flowers was won by Mrs. Whiting and Mrs Harris.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 July 1948

Cosgrove W.I. met with Mrs. Jelley presiding. Four members took part in the group effort at Delapre Park, and sold articles given by Cosgrove W.I. members, Mr. Bowles spoke on “Witchcraft,” and was thanked by Mrs. O. Buckway. He also spoke on National Savings. The competition was for the best-dressed clothes-peg and was won by Mrs. Harris with Mrs. W. Clarke second. Tea was served by the committee.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 23 July 1948


A new teacher has been appointed In place of Miss D. Maxey, who has left for Cosgrove where she will be headmistress.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 06 August 1948


” I think that common sense will prevail against war,” said Admiral of-the-Fleet Lord Chatfleld, when he addressed a crowd of 2,000 at Wolverton Park. The occasion was a rally and sports organised by Wolverton British Legion, attended by standard-bearers and escorts of branches of the Legion. Practically all the contestants for the cycle and flat events in the sports were local. R. H. Herbert, of Cosgrove, won three of the cycling events.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 13 August 1948

FOR Sale, very nice Black and Grey Cocker Spaniel Dog. 12 months-old; house trained and half broken to gun. Apply Hurry. Little Manor. Cosgrove.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 September 1948


TOWCESTER Rural Council is to make representations to the Postmaster-General with view to amending the postal address of towns and villages in the Stony Stratford area. Mr. R. L. C. Ridgway said the postal address of his own village was Deanshanger, Bletchley when actually the village was about eight miles from Bletchley. On many occasions, people looking for Deanshanger, had passed it and gone on to Bletchley. This applied to several towns and villages in the area that were some distance from Bletchley. The Rev. H. P. Hoskin of Wicken, which is also affected, said people went miles out of their way because of the misleading postal address. It caused any amount of trouble and delay The Council agreed to approach the Postmaster-General, and also the M.P. for the Division. They realised that the '‘Bletchley” was for Post Office reference purposes, but felt some code number or letter could be used instead, which would be of equal use to the Post Office but would not mislead strangers to the district.


Towcester Rural Council on Tuesday accepted the Public Health and Housing Committee’s recommendation for the allocation of the council’s next 50 houses. At the suggestion of the Ministry’ of Health, the houses are to be placed on sites readily available and developed, in order that an early start can be made on the actual erection. Of the 50 houses, 10 are to be allocated for erection by private enterprise. The other 40 will be spread over Cosgrove (four), Potterspury (14), Tiffield (six), and Towcester (16).

Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 October 1948

LICENCE TRANSFERS Towcester Magistrates on Tuesday granted the following licence transfers :

Barley Mow Cosgrove, Mrs. Frances Ellen Bushell, from her late husband.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 01 October 1948

THE place sure doesn’t change much,” said Mr. Robert E. Wootton, of Ferndale, Michigan, U.S.A., when interviewed by our North Bucks representative. “Stony Stratford is just the same as it was 40 years ago, but, unfortunately, I don’t know many of the folk here now,” he added. Robert E. as he likes to be called, was born at Cosgrove and lived there until he went to the States when he was 24. That was after having served his apprenticeship as a coach-builder in the Wolverton Works and after two years as a male nurse at Canterbury. Mr Wootton went first to Canada, to where his two brothers, Fred and Joe had already emigrated but later he went on to the States where he was followed by his brothers. For nearly 34 years Robert E. has been employed by the Ford Motor Company and is now on 90 days leave of absence.” Wootton has three sisters, two living in London and the other Mrs. George Herbert, at Hanslope.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 12 November 1948

COSGROVE PROTEST Because their water supply is unsatisfactory, and on many occasions they have had to use water from sources condemned as unfit for human consumption, the villagers of Cosgrove have decided to protest “in the strongest possible terms’’ to the Minister of Health, their M.P. (Mr. R. E. Manningham-Buller) and Northamptonshire County Council.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 17 December 1948

Cosgrove W.I. held their monthly meeting with Mrs. Jelley presiding. The election result was; President, Mrs. Jelley; vice-president, Mrs. G. Beasley; committee, Mrs. Brockway. Mrs, C. Castle. Mrs. Harris, Mrs. Hebson, Mrs. T. Kightley, Mrs. R. Lavington, Mrs. A. Tompkins and Mrs Whittaker. Mrs. Kightley (secretary) gave a report on the year’s activities, and Mrs. Beasley read the treasurer’s report. Tea was served by the committee, and carol singing brought the evening to a close.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 January 1949

On the site of the future Cosgrove Church Hall, Mr and Mrs G. H. Winterbottom turn the first sod before their departure to live at Sunningdale. Behind them are seen the new owners of Cosgrove Hall, Major the Hon John and Mrs Fermor Hesketh and Lord Hesketh.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 21 January 1949


The future site of Cosgrove Church Hall was the scene on Sunday of a last good-bye from Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom of Cosgrove Hall, who left on Monday for Sunningdale. For 19 years Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom have lived at the Hall. A presentation was made on Saturday to Mrs. Wlnterbottom of a silver salver, from the villagers. Mr. Winterbottom has been president of the Village Hall Committee and at the presentation the secretary. Mr Jack Hebson, gave a resume of the 19 years Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom had been at the Hall. He said they alone had raised over £600 for the Village Hall fund by garden fetes, dances and bazaars. The presentation was made by Mr. Kenneth McWhirter, secretary of Northamptonshire Rural Community Council. On Sunday Mr. and Mrs. Winterbottom together turned over the first sod of turf in the field given by Captain P. Y. Atkinson for the village hall. Also present were Lord Hesketh, Major the Hon John and Mrs Hesketh, new owners of Cosgrove Hall, Master Robin Winterbottom, Mr. and Mrs. S. F. Woollard and Miss Pam Woollard of Stony Stratford, Captain Hyde Upward, Mr K. McWhirter, Mr Jack Hebson and Mr. F Hillyer (chairman of the Village Hall Committee).

Northampton Mercury - Friday 11 February 1949

At Cosgrove W.I. meeting Nurse Wakefield spoke on “Taking care of yourself”. Mrs. Jackson played for dancing for the social half-hour, and a competition for "the oldest photo of yourself” brought In 18 entries. The prize was won by Mrs. N. Castle who guessed correctly the identity of all the pictures. Tea hostesses were Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. W. Clarke, Mrs. Daness and Mrs. Lavington.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 18 February 1949


…..the National Council of Social Service and the Ministry of Education had agreed to issue two standard huts to be used as temporary village halls for Cosgrove and Naseby. In the case of Cosgrove he said that the building had actually started.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 March 1949


THE Housing Committee report as presented to Towcester Rural Council on Tuesday showed that work had had to be abandoned on the Cosgrove site because of flooding. The Committee reminded the Council that the site was practically forced on them by the refusal of the Ministry of Agriculture to clear the site originally selected on the Yardley road. A resolution to report the facts to the Ministry Health, to hold meeting to select an alternative site, and to transfer the present four contracts to Alderton was passed, after Mr. R. L. C. Ridgway had described the affair as shocking.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 March 1949

AMERICAN business interests are taking up more and more of the time of Major the Hon. J. B. Fermor-Hesketh. I understand that he and Mrs. Fermor-Hesketh have gone to the United States for three months. No letters will be forwarded. This is Major Hesketh’s second trip recently to the States, where the Heskeths have substantial properties. The Major and his wife recently moved into Cosgrove Hall, formerly the home of Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 08 April 1949


INHABITANTS of Furtho, Deanshanger, Cosgrove, Old Stratford, and Wicken will be pleased to hear that a longstanding grievance of theirs is being redressed. Mr. R. E. Manningham-Buller, M.P. for the Daventry Division, has been told by the Postmaster-General that Wolverton will be substituted for Bletchley in the postal addresses of these villages. It is pointed out, however, that the new address cannot be adopted for some months as major alterations in staffing are needed at some of the post offices concerned.

Northampton Mercury - Thursday 14 April 1949

COSGROVE Mrs. Harris gave an interesting report on the Annual meeting at Cosgrove W.I. meeting. Miss Stops gave a short talk on the agenda for the Albert Hall meeting. She afterwards spoke on “Arts and crafts of many lands.” She was thanked by Mrs. Whitaker. Tea hostesses were Mrs. F. W. Castle. Mrs. Whitaker, Mrs. Fitzgibbon and Mrs. W. Ratcliff.

A meat tea given to the over 70’s of Cosgrove by the W.I. was followed by entertainment which included a song from Mr. Bob Pettifer and monologues from Mrs. F. Hillyer sen. two of the over 70s. Mrs Whiting entertained at the piano, and also sang. Songs were sung by Mrs. F. W. Castle and Mrs. Gascoigne. Mr. S. Williams thanked Mrs. Jelley, the committee and all who had helped make the party a success.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 June 1949

At the invitation of Mrs. P. Y. Atkinson the June meeting of Cosgrove WI was held at the Priory. Names were taken for the W.I. outing, taking place on August 9. Miss J. Wake gave a very interesting talk on Palestine. She was thanked by Mrs. Feil. Tea was provided by Mrs. Atkinson. Mrs. Jelley thanked Mrs. Atkinson.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 June 1949



STRONG criticisms were voiced by Miss Joan Wake on the subject of iron-ore devastation at the annual meeting of Northamptonshire Association of Parish Councils held at Northampton County Hall on Saturday.

A resolution proposed by Miss Wake, as chairman of Cosgrove Parish Council, was: “This parish council of Cosgrove has heard with dismay of the application by the ironstone companies to make open-cast workings for ironstone over an area of 70,000 acres in the neighbourhood of Kettering, Thrapston, Oundle and other parts of the county, involving the destruction and devastation of some parishes, and beg the Northamptonshire Parish Councils Association to take the matter up with the Government as one most urgently affecting the future of the county, the welfare of its inhabitants and its agricultural productivity, and to press for compulsory restoration of the soil and the postponement of all deep opencast mining in those areas where restoration is physically impossible until all the other areas have been mined.”


“Wringing our hands and recriminations about how this dreadful thing has come about are quite useless.” said Miss Wake; “The question before Northamptonshire is how to find a remedy and see that the remedy is applied. Already," she said. “3 000 acres lie waste, farmsteads and cottages have been pulled down, roads and footpaths destroyed, houses and hamlets left islands in the sea of destruction are deserted, the inhabitants driven out by the advancing tide of desolation. If this not stopped, what is happening to single houses and hamlets will soon be happening to whole villages; the churches will crumble into ruin and the population, which has lived and flourished for centuries in the district, will fly, deprived of their means of livelihood.

A sinister fact is that the ironstone companies are buying thousands of acres and are probably now the largest landowners in the county” Miss Wake continued. “The Ministry of Town and Country Planning now has powers to stem this devastation, but in the past this ministry has been beaten by other ministries. To use its powers effectively it must itself be impelled by the irresistible force of public opinion. The peril of the present situation she said was that the ore was being worked by powerful companies with headquarters Glasgow, Birmingham and London with immense wealth behind them and able to exploit to the full the latest inventions of American brains —Invention of these monstrous machines for digging out the ore. So, the heart of England is to be gouged out by these companies and sold to America.


Though the ironstone companies were undoubtedly doing very well out of this business, it would be true to say that with taxation at its present level, by far the greater part of the profit from that exploitation was going straight into the pockets of the Government. Unless the pressure of public opinion is exerted to the utmost nothing will be done,” said Miss Wake, “It is with the object of rousing, focussing and expressing Northamptonshire’s opinion that I move this resolution.”

She was supported by the chairman of the Executive Committee. Mr. W. Loakes, who said no small villages or hamlets would be left if the present plans were continued. The resolution was carried unanimously, and sent to the National Association of Parish Councils for action.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 24 June 1949

Two sisters, Edith Lilian Wake and Winifred Mary Waite, of The Green. Cosgrove, both printers’ rulers, were fined 10s each for failing to comply with a halt sign at Cosgrove whilst riding cycles. In explanation they said they were late for work. For a similar offence. John William Loughrey (17), apprentice carpenter, of 29, Bridge-road, Cosgrove was also fined 10s.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 15 July 1949

Cosgrove W.I. met in the old school, Mrs. Jelley presiding. Mrs. F. W. Castle gave her report on the Albert Hall annual meeting. Mr. Nichols spoke on "Jobs one can do in a home" and was thanked by Mrs. G. Beasley. The competition for the prettiest flowers arranged in an eggcup was won Mrs. Hibson. The winner of last month’s competition was Mrs. Feil. Tea hostesses were Mrs. C. Brockway. Mrs. Chown. Mrs. Lyman and Mrs. W. Brockway.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 05 August 1949


MEMBERS of the former household staff and the villagers mingled with the many personal friends from over a wide area round the family grave in Horton churchyard for the funeral of Mr. George Harold Winterbottom, yesterday.
The service was conducted by the vicar, the Rev. A. S. Dainton.
Mr. Winterbottom, who died at Kingswood, Sunningdale, was 59. Mr. and Mrs Winterbottom, who sold Cosgrove Hall, where they had lived for 19 years, to the Hon. John and Mrs. Fermor Hesketh in January, were well known in the county and North Bucks for their interest in efforts for charity.
Mr. Winterbottom, whose family home was Horton Hall, was educated at Eton and Cambridge, where he won cups for running. He was keen cricketer and an enthusiastic supporter of Northants C.C.C., particularly during their lean years.
Both he and his wife had also worked for the Northampton General Hospital. Mrs. Winterbottom a talented singer, organised many concerts for charity before and during the war. They raised £600 for Cosgrove village hall, which was opened last Saturday.
The principal mourners were: Mrs. G H. Winterbottom (widow), Mr. Robin Winterbottom (son). Captain and Mrs. Oscar Winterbottom, Mr. and Mrs. Ian Winterbottom, Mr. and Mrs. Alastair Winterbottom (brothers and sisters-in-law). Mr. and Mrs. Ferrers Loftus (brother-in-law and sister), Mrs. G. H. Winterbottom (step-mother), Miss Heather Loftus (niece), Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Case (nephew and niece).


A floral cricket bat from the members of the former staff were; Mrs. T. N. Cave. Mrs P. D. Harrison. Mr. J. Page-Blair, Major Hyde-Upward, Captain T. O. Llewelyn (Life Guards). Captain C. H. Piff (Royal Horse Guards). Mr. H. C. Hepworth. Colonel Bruce Logan, Mr. Malcolm Wombwell, Captain E. Crane. Mr. R. O. and Mrs. Lee. Mr. J. Whitmore Jeffery. Lieut.-Col. L. Parratt. Bunt A. J. Norris (representing the Chief Constable for Northamptonshire Constabulary. Captain R H. D. Bolton). Mr E. M. Witham (representing Northamptonshire County Cricket Club). Mr. D. C. Lucas. Mr. A. Sansome and Mr. C. Longland (representing Horton Cricket Club) Mrs. J Johnson (representing Cosgrove Victory Hall Committee), Mr D Miles (representing Jeffery and Sons Ltd.). Mr. F. Elliott. Miss G. Elliott. Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Smith Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Woollard. Mrs Houghton Mrs. Cummings Mrs Heap. Mr. E. C. Lambert. Mr. G Hooton Mr, R. H. Maycock, Mrs. Kightley. Mr. F. Roberts. Mr. W Clifton. Mr J. H. Berry. Mr G. Whymant. Mr. R Bennett. Mr. R. Samples, Mr. P. Kightley. Mrs. A Elliott. Miss Slade. Mrs Stretch Miss Everatt and many others. Major E. H. Allday and Mr. B. Kightley, the churchwardens, preceded the cortege. Mrs. Berrill officiated at the organ during the service. A replica of a cricket bat midst a diffusion of flowers from the members of Horton House Cricket Club in memory of ‘‘a very generous and kind president.” was one of the many tributes. Others included those from his old staff at Cosgrove Hall and the Cosgrove Victory Hall committee. Remaining tenants of the late Horton estate, members of the Northamptonshire County Cricket Club, Newburgh Priory Staff, the staff of the Kingswood House. Sunningdale; Chairman and directors of Nosmos Photographies Ltd., and the director of Winterbottom Book Cloth Co. Ltd.

5th August 1949


Opening of Victory Club and Hall

First “Brick and Mortar” Hall Erected in Northamptonshire

Saturday last was a “red letter” day for Cosgrove, as a five year dream came true when Captain P Y Atkinson of the Priory declared open a spacious Victory Club and Hall, the first brick-mortar building to be erected since the war under the auspices of the Northamptonshire  Rural Community Council. The initial cost is in the vicinity of £2000 which is mainly provided for by the Community Council and the hall is loaned to Cosgrove at the nominal rent of 5s per week. It is described as a temporary building, but speakers thought it would be standing for many years.

The building is situate on a plot of ground generously given by Captain PY and Mrs Atkinson, and there is space for other amenities. There are entrances constructed of concrete which was the work of the organising committee. The overall dimensions of the hall are: 68 feet by 24 feet with the main hall 54 feet long by 24 feet. The erection, by Messrs Betts and Faulkner, of Stony Stratford, was a speedy one, the work having been started in March last. Amenities of the hall comprise a stage, electric light, double exit doors to each side of the hall, ladies and gentlemen’s cloakrooms, electric clock (given by Mr C Eglesfield), bath and three showers, central heating with overhead pipes, kitchen and committee room. All the electrical work was carried out by the staff of H H Lampitt, Wolverton.

The idea of starting a fund for a Village Hall was conceived following the cessation of the Home Guard, and during the five years that efforts have been made, the large sum of £1,450 has been raised. Toward that total Mrs G H Winterbottom, formerly of Cosgrove Hall and now of Sunningdale, and the late Mr Winterbottom gave generously and were instrumental in raising a substantial amount. It was unfortunate that they were not present to see the project brought to a most successful conclusion.

Villagers Respond to Invitation

Cosgrove is indebted to the Community Council for the interest it has taken and especially to its secretary, Mr Kenneth McWhirter, for assistance by way of information he has continually provided for the Cosgrove Committee. All the villagers were invited to the opening ceremony and they responded in a large number.

Great Day for the Life of the Village

Northampton Mercury - Friday 16 September 1949

Mrs. Jelley presided at Cosgrove W. I. meeting. Mrs. Brockway and Mrs. Hebson were chosen delegate and visitor to the half yearly meeting, to be held at Towcester in October. Future meetings of the W.I. are to be held in the new Victory Hall. Mrs. Thacker gave a talk on Nigeria. A competition for six home-grown tomatoes was won by Mrs. Lovesey. Tea hostesses were Mrs. Jones, Mrs. H. Lavington, Mrs. Whitaker and Miss I. Williams.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 07 October 1949


Cases heard by Stony Stratford Magistrates included:

Wilfred Joseph Whitehouse, New Buildings, Cosgrove, fined £1 for leaving standing motor-vehicle with the engine running.

Northampton Mercury - Friday 25 November 1949


LARGE increases over tender prices covering 58 houses of the first instalment of the post-war housing programme was disclosed at a meeting of Towcester Rural Council on Tuesday. Commenting the increases Major J. C. Grant-Ives, chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee, said it was due to conveyance of labour, owing the fact that local labour was not available, and wage increases Contracts of the future would be firm contracts. The summary of building costs of these houses showed that the average percentage increase over tender price was 15 per cent. However, it had to be remembered that these houses were begun immediately after the war when the position concerning labour and materials was most difficult. Tender prices for the 58 houses amounted to £70,266, and the final cost of them was £80,937. The average cost per house was £1395 The houses were erected in Silverstone. Whittlebury. Cosgrove. Blackwell End. Potterspury. Church End, Potterspury, Wicken, Paulerspury, Shutlanger, Blakesley, Maidford and Abthorpe.